Wednesday's gossip column
Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United's £40m-rated striker Wayne Rooney. The French league leaders want to improve their attacking options and have identified 27-year-old Rooney as a potential target to partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Everton face a battle to keep hold of 25-year-old midfielder Marouane Fellaini this summer after Real Madrid, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs expressed interest in the Belgian.
Former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon has said 28-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has two-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract with the Spanish club, will make a decision about his future in the summer.
Barcelona striker David Villa could be on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's radar again after the Catalan club admitted they would not keep the 31-year-old Spain international against his wishes.
Manchester United could be set to make a move for Leicester City striker Jeffrey Schlupp after the powerful 20-year-old made a surprise appearance for Sir Alex Ferguson's reserves.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is tracking Feyenoord's Stefan de Vrij and watched the 21-year-old centre-back in his side's 2-1 win against PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23, is set for talks with Real Madrid over a £40m move in the summer. Madrid would pay £30m up front with a further £10m over the next four years.
Real Madrid are prepared to pay £70m to sign Bale, with ex-president Ramon Calderon saying: "Real Madrid is in a very healthy situation, so we would be in the position to sign him."
(Sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Norway striker John Carew, 33, has spoken of his shock at being signed by Inter Milan for the rest of the season. "I was not expecting this call, life is full of surprises," says the former West Ham player, who has not had a club since the summer.
Former Germany international Torsten Frings, 36, has announced his retirement from professional football. The midfielder, who had been playing in Canada with FC Toronto, said that his recovery from hip replacement surgery was taking too long for him to continue playing.
French midfielder Paul Pogba, 19, has pledged his future to Juventus following speculation in the Italian press of a move to another top European club. A representative of the former Manchester United player said: "Everyone at Juventus is helping him to grow and there are no signs that he will be saying farewell at the end of the season."
Sunderland have banned winger James McClean, 23, from Twitter after another sectarian row on the social networking site.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is set to snub Europe's top clubs this summer - with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all reported to be interested in the Dane - to stay with the League Cup winners.
Swansea midfielder Leon Britton believes he can still play for England - at the age of 30. England manager Roy Hodgson watched Britton play for the Swans in their 5-0 Capital One Cup final win against Bradford.
Football fans exiting Newcastle's St James' Park could be speeded on their way if plans to install slides outside the ground are approved. The company involved said the slides were intended "to inject some fun".