Friday's gossip column
Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona will not offer Wayne Rooney an escape route if the 27-year-old striker wants to leave Manchester United.
City are one of only a handful of sides who could afford Rooney, but the Premier League champions are targeting Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26, and 27-year-old Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao.
Edin Dzeko, 26, could hold the key to Rooney's exit. The Manchester City striker is poised to join Borussia Dortmund in a £20m deal that could see German club let striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, join Manchester United for around £18m. That would enable United to sell Rooney.
Rooney has set his sights on a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Rooney is no longer regarded as an integral part of Manchester United's future by influential supporters' groups, who believe Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to leave him on the bench against Real Madrid was justified.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could make a summer move for 20-year-old Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo.
Chelsea are considering bringing Borussia Dortmund striker Marco Reus, 23, to Stamford Bridge.
Non-league striker Daniel Carr will play in the Liverpool United-21 side against West Ham on Monday as the Premier League club continue to assess the 18-year-old.
But Chelsea may hijack Liverpool's attempts to sign Carr, who plays for Dulwich Hamlet.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, has been rewarded for his scintillating form with a pay rise from £80,000-a-week to £120,000-a-week.
Paul Lambert will not be sacked as Aston Villa manager - even if they are relegated from the Premier League this season.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will seek assurances over his transfer budget before committing his long-term future to the club, with his contract expiring in the summer.
Newcastle centre-back Fabricio Coloccini could miss the rest of the season after scans revealed the 31-year-old has broken two bones in his back.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon admitted after his side's Champions League last-16 defeat by Juventus that he faces an almost impossible fight to keep his team intact for next season.
Rangers chief executive Charles Green has taken legal advice as he plans to take the former Scottish Premier League club into the English league.
(Sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Uefa referee chief Pierluigi Collina has declared his support for Cuneyt Cakir, the Turkish official who controversially sent off Manchester United winger Nani in the defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The German Football Association has banned second division side Dynamo Dresden from the national cup competition for failing to control fan violence.
The French league have handed Nice midfielder Valentin Eysseric an 11-match suspension for a dangerous tackle on Saint Etienne's Jeremy Clement last weekend.
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack has unexpectedly invited national coach Joachim Loew to his farewell match in Leipzig in June. The two men have a fractious relationship dating back to the 2010 World Cup, when Ballack was dropped from the German team.
Spanish fans watching Sevilla trounce Celta Vigo in a televised game on Monday night could be forgiven for doing a double take as pictures appeared to show Celta's former Chelsea forward Enrique de Lucas drinking a beer while sat on the substitutes' bench.
Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, 45, is "back on track" and returning to the UK after a month spent tackling his alcohol problems in a United States clinic.