Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Manchester United winger Nani, 25, ruined any chance of a move to Russian club Zenit St Petersburg with "unreal" wage demands.
Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole, 31, is set for a move to French club Paris Saint-Germain in January or at the end of the season.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho believes the club's history will be enough to keep Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, out of Manchester City's reach.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants defenders Bacary Sagna, 29, and Kieran Gibbs, 22, to sign new contracts. Sagna will be offered a fresh deal despite his criticism of the Gunners' transfer policy.
Colombia forward, Radamel Falcao, 26, has dismissed reports that he will leave Atletico Madrid for the Premier League with either Manchester City or Chelsea.
Everton defender Leighton Baines, 27, says he was left slightly confused by Manchester United's apparent lack of interest in him during the summer's transfer window.
Captain Steven Gerrard, 32, is urging England to carry on believing they can win the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. "Miracles do happen, it's been proved. We must have faith," he said.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the shortage of senior strikers at the club will mean opportunities for under-21 players such as Suso, a Spaniard signed by Rafael Benitez in 2010 who impressed on the club's pre-season tour.
QPR midfielder Samba Diakite has returned home to France to undergo treatment for depression. The 23-year-old will be given as much time as he needs to recover.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is awaiting further news of Fabricio Coloccini after the defender suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Argentina.
The Premier League is considering bringing in measures to control escalating player wages before the cash influx from the 2013-16 television contracts.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas missed out on the Burnley job in 2010 because Turf Moor chiefs were left confused by his PowerPoint presentation. In his forthcoming autobiography, former Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher writes: "The language and jargon of football gets worse by the day. Villas-Boas uses a lot of it. Would Burnley players have ever understood what he wanted if he'd told them to 'solidificate' or some of his other terms?"
Michael Owen said turning up for his first training session at Stoke felt like going back to school.
Fiorentina want Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov to pay for the deadline-day flight he never took to Florence after the 31-year-old decided against a move to Italy.
Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa was taken off at half-time in Japan's friendly with United Arab Emirates after annoying coach Alberto Zaccheroni with one too many stepovers, the last of which left the 22-year-old in a heap as he tripped over his own feet.