Premier League gossip: Manchester City want to sign John Stones and Aymeric Laporte

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The Manchester Evening News writes that new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants John Stones of Everton and Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte to be his central defensive partnership for a cost in the region of £85million.

The Guardian is reporting that Liverpool have launched a £9.5million bid for Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Empoli's Piotr Zielinski vies for the ball
(Paolo Lazzeroni/AP)

Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout wants to leave the club with a host of elite level European clubs keen to sign him, according to L'Equipe via the Birmingham Mail.

Manchester United are keen to launch a bid of £79million for Paris St Germain midfielder Marco Verrati reports Corriere dello Sport via the Daily Star.

veratti tackles marseille's dimitri payet
(Claude Paris/AP)

And finally, the Daily Express reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will reveal his next club "soon" amid speculation he could be heading for Manchester United.