Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, for £75m - and recruiting the club's manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has offered no guarantees that Frank Lampard, 34, whose contract is due to expire in the summer, will see out the season at Stamford Bridge.
Roma president James Pallotta has said midfielder Daniele De Rossi will not be sold in January despite the 29-year-old being linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Arsenal have held "peace talks" with Theo Walcott, 23, over a new contract and will tie up deals for British trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs.
Arsenal have opened formal talks to sign Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar next month. The 29-year-old is demanding about £100,000 a week in wages and a three-year contract to move to the Gunners.
Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri has confirmed his desire to bring David Beckham, 37, to the Ligue 2 club.
England striker Daniel Sturridge, 23, will choose Liverpool over Tottenham when he quits Chelsea next month.
Tottenham and Newcastle are trying to hi-jack Liverpool's move to re-sign winger Thomas Ince, 20, from Blackpool.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)
Chelsea are considering Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 22, of Roma as a possible replacement for Frank Lampard.
Tottenham and Arsenal have joined the list of British clubs watching disillusioned Barcelona striker David Villa, 31.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Peguy Luyindula, 33, is to join his friend and compatriot Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls.
Former France coach Raymond Domenech has expressed an interest in taking charge of the USA national team.
Alex Ferguson met Pep Guardiola in New York this week. The former Barcelona manager is still undecided over his future.
QPR's Adel Taarabt, 23, has confirmed he wants to play for Morocco at the Africa Nations Cup next month despite club boss Harry Redknapp asking him to miss the tournament.
Demba Ba has revealed his frustration at Newcastle United's style of play this season, increasing the uncertainly surrounding the striker's future at the club.
Mario Balotelli's appearance at the Premier League tribunal that will rule on his dispute with Manchester City on Wednesday is in doubt after he was sent home from training yesterday with a virus.
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has said he deserved more loyalty from QPR's hierarchy after guiding the club from the Championship to the Premier League. Warnock was sacked by the Premier League strugglers in January.
Barcelona's record-breaking goalscorer Lionel Messi, 25, would now cost around £312m to sign after he agreed a new deal at the Nou Camp.
Reading winger Jimmy Kebe, 28, has told the club's Russian owner Anton Zingarevich, that he must provide money to buy players in the January transfer window if he wants the Royals to stay in the top-flight.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the dressing room secrets that have kept him at the top for over a quarter of a century to academics from Harvard Business School in Boston.
Blackburn manager Henning Berg stormed out of the club's Christmas party after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and dance on stage.