Friday's gossip column
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, 28, is poised to reject interest from Manchester City and stay with the Catalan giants.
Manchester United are believed to be close to finalising a move for Borussia Dortmund's Japan international playmaker Shinji Kagawa, and the 23-year-old is expected to sign a three-year deal at Old Trafford.
Manchester City want Tottenham's Gareth Bale, 22, in a £40m cash plus player(s) deal.
Arsenal are facing competition from Tottenham Hotspur for Junior Hoilett as well as Jan Vertonghen and Eden Hazard
Newcastle and Reading are in competition to sign Barnsley's £2m-rated 21-year-old midfielder Jacob Butterfield.
FC Twente's 19-year-old winger Ola John, wanted by Sunderland and Aston Villa, is thought to prefer a move to Benfica, who are likely to secure his services for £9m, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Liverpool are considering a move for Manchester City's tough-tackling Netherlands international Nigel de Jong.
Arsenal's hopes of holding on to Player of the Year Robin van Persie have been boosted by the fact Manchester City have valued him at just £20million.
Fabio Capello has warned Roy Hodgson that he will find it difficult to forge team spirit and create a winning mentality in the England squad before the European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
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Jose Mourinho has told Roman Abramovich he will be staying with Real Madrid and not coming back to rule over Stamford Bridge again.
Stuart Pearce could be the first casualty of the Roy Hodgson regime, with the former England left back expected to lose his role with the senior squad and so miss out on next month's European Championship.
Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart has hailed Harry Redknapp as a "special manager" and hopes he remains at White Hart Lane for the foreseeable future.
Former Manchester United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo interrupted his celebrations after Real Madrid's win over Athletic Bilbao that clinched the league title, by making a disrespectful gesture towards Javi Martinez, Bilbao's Spain international who had been sent off during the game.