Saturday's gossip column
Incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will try to hijack Manchester United's attempt to bring Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, back to English football.
Arsenal are expected to sign Queens Park Rangers' 33-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 30, is top of Barcelona's wish-list as the Spanish giants try to sign three new goalkeepers.
Italian Serie A side Fiorentina will try to buy either Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 29, or Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, 27, if they lose Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic, 23, to Arsenal this summer.
Forward Andreas Weimann's Aston Villa future has been cast into doubt after his agent revealed the 21-year-old striker has had offers of a summer transfer.
Incoming Manchester United boss David Moyes will attempt to lure Everton's 19-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley to Old Trafford for £12m this summer as he seeks to adopt a youthful transfer policy at his new club.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins insists goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is going nowhere despite the 23-year-old's shock England call-up.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who was on the verge of leaving the club last summer, is set to earn a new pay deal after the 28-year-old turned his fortunes around to become one of Paul Lambert's key players.
Retiring Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, 35, says there is no chance of him taking a penalty in his last game for the club against QPR at Anfield on Sunday.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has revealed how Carragher tried to play on despite breaking his leg during a fixture against Blackburn in 2003.
Carragher's son James, a striker at Liverpool's Academy, tried to talk his father out of retirement.
Manchester City players joked that the game against Reading on Tuesday got in the way of celebrating Roberto Mancini's dismissal such was the ill-feeling towards the Italian.
But Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is the favourite to take over at the Etihad Stadium, has warned the City players he is not afraid to stamp his authority on the club.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas wants the club to appoint a technical director in order to make them bigger in the transfer market with Roma general manager Franco Baldini, who held a similar post alongside Fabio Capello in the England set up, favourite for the job.
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, 39, admits that retirement has not crossed his mind and he wants to continue playing.
Chelsea will bring their three England stars home early from their United States tour to aid Roy Hodgson. Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill will be released after the first of two matches on 23 May.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was presented with a hairdryer cake at his final press conference.
Brighton are set to launch an investigation into an incident in the away dressing room ahead of Monday's Championship play-off against Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium where excrement was smeared on the walls.