Monday's gossip column
Newcastle want French winger Hatem Ben Arfa to sign a new contract and stay at St James' Park, after Liverpool enquired about the 25-year-old's availability.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers watched Holland international central defender Stefan De Vrij, 21, captain Feyenoord to a 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven on Sunday. Rodgers is seeking a replacement for the retiring Jamie Carragher.
Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 22, is a target for Italian sides Inter Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina.
League Cup winners Swansea fear they may face a fight to keep 28-year-old captain Ashley Williams. Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked with summer moves for the Wales centre-back.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce could move for ex-Bolton defender Ricardo Gardner. The Jamaica international, 34, is a free agent after leaving the Reebok Stadium last summer.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will be fit to face Real Madrid in next week's Champions League clash, despite picking up a bizarre hip injury against Queens Park Rangers.
But Van Persie will not face Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday after suffering severe bruising when he fell into a pitchside camera pit.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon wants the club to hand a new contract to 26-year-old midfielder Joe Ledley.
Full story: Daily Record
Manchester City are ready to open talks with Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure about a new five-year deal worth £55m.
Fulham boss Martin Jol is considering offering an extended contract to veteran Greece midfielder Giorgios Karagounis. The 35-year-old joined the Craven Cottage club on a free transfer last summer.
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still, 62, is set to become the new manager of Conference side Luton Town in an astonishing £1m deal.
Full story: the Sun
AC Milan's former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli had to "challenge not only the Inter Milan defence but also the crowd, which booed him with insults, and inflatable bananas" during Sunday's 1-1 Milan derby.
LEAGUE CUP FINAL
As a player, Michael Laudrup's stock was always high. Now his managerial reputation continues to glisten after Swansea City elegantly won the League Cup.
As enthralling and uplifting as Bradford's progression to the Capital One Cup final has been, there can be no greater inspiration for any lower-division club than Swansea.
Nathan Dyer, 25, has defended the astonishing tantrum which threatened to take the gloss off Swansea City's victory.
Bradford went to Wembley with a plan but faced with Swansea's precise possession football, however, they simply could not get hold of the ball.
Spanish newspaper El Pais was thrilled by the performance of Spanish star Michu in Swansea's League Cup victory at Wembley, saying that "a buzz ran through the legendary London venue" every time he received the ball.
However, German newspaper Bild insists it was Swansea's German goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel who "stole the show" at Wembley.
Italian side Palermo have fired manager Alberto Malesani after just three weeks in the job and rehired Gian Piero Gasperini - the man Malesani replaced.