Tuesday's gossip column
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is worried he has lost the initiative in the race to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28.
And Mancini is furious with City's bosses as Van Persie looks set to slip away from him.
Juventus are edging ahead in the race for Van Persie as they prepare a £20m bid to tempt him away from the Emirates Stadium.
Serie A giants AC Milan have opened talks with Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner over a deal to bring the Dane to Italy.
Spain winger Santi Cazorla, 27, has told Arsenal he is ready to join them from Malaga.
Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman has given Aston Villa a week to sort out a deal to buy defender Ron Vlaar, 27.
Manchester United are chasing River Plate's Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano, 20, who Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both want to take on trial.
Departing United striker Dimitar Berbatov, 31, could be on his way to Russia after Zenit St Petersburg declared their interest.
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he considered bringing Didier Drogba to Old Trafford during the summer after the striker, 34, left Chelsea.
Bayern Munich are set to make a move for Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 27, after the German side's interest in Spain international Javi Martinez cooled.
Tottenham have joined Newcastle and Swansea in the race for former Liverpool and out-of-favour Hoffenheim winger Ryan Babel, 25.
Fulham are also apparently considering a bid for Dutchman Babel.
Liverpool are set to bid £10m for Swansea forward Joe Allen, 22.
Andy Carroll has told Liverpool they will not force him to leave Anfield.
Zenit St Petersburg have joined the race to sign Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 27, with Manchester City and Napoli also interested.
Nottingham Forest want to bring Jermaine Jenas, 29, back to the City Ground as they look to land the Tottenham midfielder.
Luka Modric has apologised to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for initially refusing to fly out on the club's US tour.
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 20, could be back in action by the end of next month after a year out with ankle and knee problems.
Scott Parker is set to miss England's friendly with Italy next month as the Tottenham midfielder prepares for surgery that will also mean he is absent for the Premier League kick-off.
Anders Lindegaard has warned David de Gea that he intends to be Manchester United's first-choice goalkeeper this coming season.
Defender Tal Ben Haim's pay dispute with Portsmouth has taken a twist after he told administrators to cut their fees to keep the club in business.
Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will only be out for a fortnight after being carried off on a stretcher during Saturday's 1-0 win over Chicago Fire.
Brazil's party-loving players are to stay away from London's Olympic Park to avoid temptation.
Sports fans at a photo booth near the Olympic Park got the surprise of their lives... when David Beckham dropped in on their snapshots.