Saturday's gossip column
Paris St-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti wants David Beckham to be offered a new one-year deal to stay at the club. The 37-year-old former England captain arrived from LA Galaxy in January and was given a contract until the end of the season, although his wages are all being given to charity.
Manchester United will renew their interest in 21-year-old Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara after his father revealed he is ready to quit the club. United have been keen on the Spain international for the past three years and had a £15m bid rejected 18 months ago.
Arsenal and Newcastle target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23, believes a £10m bid will be enough for his Ligue 1 club St Etienne to let him leave.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says Aston Villa must stop selling their star players and fears going back to "square one" if strikers Christian Benteke, 22, and Andreas Weimann, 21 are allowed to leave. Lambert sees the pair as essential to Villa's prospects - and expects them to stay after pledging to improve them further.
Fiorentina look set to beat Tottenham to the signature of Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie, 21.
Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger has warned his players that if they do not get into the Champions League they face being sold. Bacary Sagna and Lukas Podolski are both under threat, while Andrey Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner are all set to go.
Chelsea have edged ahead of Manchester City and Real Madrid in the race to net £40m striker Falcao from Atletico Madrid. Talks between the Blues and the Spanish side over a summer move for the Colombian star, 27, are well under way.
Ali Al Habsi has been told by manager Roberto Martinez that his position as Wigan's number one goalkeeper is no longer guaranteed. Martinez has been impressed by how well Joel Robles, 22, has deputised for Al Habsi in Wigan's last two games.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, has told "friends" he hopes current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge in the summer because it could help secure his own future at the club.
Everton have been dealt a blow with news that 21-year-old Serbia midfielder Adem Ljajic is set for new contract talks with current club Fiorentina.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup's new contract at the club includes an eight-figure release clause, meaning the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal will have to pay ay least £10m if they want the Capital One Cup-winning boss. It is believed £3m of the buy-out would go to the Dane.
Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy admits that in the past he was "acting nuts" and had to keep moving before driving everyone mad, but the 33-year-old says he is a calmer person now.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has played down new speculation over the future of Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez, 26.
West Ham striker Carlton Cole has appointed his uncle Duncan as his personal chauffeur after his poor time-keeping cost him so much in fines.
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock believes former United States winger Robbie Rogers, 25, could have said he was gay during his time at Elland Road without it being an issue.
Meanwhile, Leeds striker Steve Morison, 29, is eyeing a new career as a greyhound trainer - with a little help from a greyhound named Messi.