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


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

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

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