Sunday's gossip column
Arsene Wenger's 16-year reign as Arsenal manager is under increasing pressure after the revelation that Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola could replace him in the summer.
Arsenal will scrap their wage cap in a bid to keep their best players and attract stellar signings. The current limit is about £100,000 a week but, amid the fall-out from their 4-0 Champions League defeat at AC Milan, there is an acceptance among the Gunners hierarchy that there must be a major change of direction.
Manchester United and Chelsea could be set to fight it out for the signature of out-of-favour Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, 25.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze's agent has denied claims that negotiations over a summer transfer to Manchester United for the 19-year-old are under way.
Andre Villas-Boas will mount a big-money raid for 26-year-old Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao this summer. The Chelsea manager will reportedly get the financial backing from owner Roman Abramovich, as long as he offloads a number of their squad to help balance the books.
Villas-Boas is one Champions League defeat away from the sack.
Portsmouth centre-back Sam Magri, 17, is to go on trial with Liverpool this week as he looks to secure a permanent transfer.
Hartlepool United are pondering a loan move for 20-year-old Sunderland striker Ryan Noble, who has returned from a spell at Derby County.
Brighton boss Gus Poyet is worried that his friend and Uruguayan compatriot Luis Suarez will be driven out of England by the racism row with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Wayne Rooney went to watch boyhood club Everton beat Blackpool on his weekend off - but endured the disdain of his hometown fans again by committing the cardinal sin of leaving 10 minutes before the end.
Jamie Redknapp could decide if his dad Harry becomes the next England manager.
Harry Redknapp has confirmed Tottenham Hotspur's interest in signing Lille's Eden Hazard, 21.
Manchester City's on-loan forward John Guidetti was sent off for Feyenoord for removing his shirt after scoring a penalty - as he had already been booked.
Manchester City's new chief executive will be ordered to more than double the club's income to £400m a year.
Anton Zingarevich, the Russian millionaire poised to become majority shareholder at Reading, wants to sign Manchester United striker Michael Owen.
Rock legend Robert Plant has paid tribute to Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, who was sacked this week.
Parent groups have accused Man United of "profiteering from children's loyalty" after they unveiled their fifth home strip in just five years.