Tuesday's gossip column: Mario Balotelli, Eliaquim Mangala
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a summer move for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, after talks with the player's agent this week.
Manchester United have watched Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, who has a £35m buyout clause in his contract, for a third time but face competition from Chelsea to sign the 23-year-old France international.
Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic is keen on a move to the Premier League and Stoke are a possible destination for the 34-year-old, whose contract expires during the summer.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is planning a £25m summer move for 27-year-old Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic.
Manchester United have scouted Sporting Lisbon's 21-year-old midfielder William Carvalho for a 12th time this season.
Manchester City are facing the worst Barcelona side for "many, many years" says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who managed Barca's rivals Real Madrid last season.
Norwich chief executive David McNally says the Canaries could move swiftly to replace manager Chris Hughton if their Premier League status is threatened.
England's World Cup referee Howard Webb was removed from a website touting his after-dinner speaking for £4,000 a night after criticism of his performance in Liverpool's FA Cup defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini may claim his side are better than Manchester United based on the current campaign, but Barcelona's ex-United defender Gerard Pique says he would prefer to return Old Trafford than switch to the Etihad if he ever left Spain.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)
Rivals Juventus and AC Milan are in an "open challenge" to recruit Manchester United's 27-year-old Portuguese midfielder Nani for next season.
Footballing legend Zinedine Zidane says his 15-year-old son Luca, has all the qualities to succeed.
Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc says star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 32, will be his "best asset" in the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen.
Barcelona manager Tata Martino says Manchester City are like a "mini Barcelona" due to the similar playing styles of both teams.
Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Raul Garcia, 27, says he is happy with an extension of his contract until 2018.
Manchester United's players bumped into Argentine football legend Diego Maradona during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
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