Tuesday's gossip column
MANCHESTER UNITED TITLE GOSSIP
Wayne Rooney, 27, says that Manchester United were inspired to reclaim their Premier League title by neighbours City.
A pep talk on the A19 by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last May - on the way back from Sunderland after losing out on last season's Premier League title - was the catalyst to this year's triumph, according to striker Danny Welbeck, 22.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart, 26, insists Manchester City will bounce back next season after losing their Premier League title to United.
Ferguson believes 21-year-old Phil Jones, who can play in defence or midfield, could become the greatest player in Manchester United's history.
Chelsea are prepared to include goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in a deal for Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao as they look to beat Real Madrid and Manchester United and Manchester City to the signing of the Colombian striker, 27. Belgium international goalkeeper Courtois, 20, has spent the last two seasons on loan with Atletico.
Meanwhile, Roma have joined Chelsea in the pursuit of Lyon's Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren. The 23-year-old could cost £8.5m and has also been targeted by AC Milan, Liverpool and Everton.
Ajax's Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 24, who is a reported target for Liverpool, insists he has not made a decision on his future despite previously hinting he wants to move to Anfield.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 27, has no intention of leaving the club for Barcelona this summer and has five years remaining on a six-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal all want Fiorentina's Spanish midfielder Borja Valero, 28, who had an unsuccessful season at West Brom in 2008-09 and eventually left the Hawthorns permanently two years later after loan spells with Mallorca and Villarreal.
Fulham and Aston Villa are both interested in signing Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 26.
Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, is open to a return to Juventus, where he had a spell between 2004 and 2006, this summer.
Liverpool fear striker Luis Suarez, 26, will be banned for 10 games after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Anfield.
The Football Association may ask an independent commission to ban Suarez for seven matches.
Serbia international Ivanovic, 29, has refused to accept the apology that Suarez issued following the incident.
It is also reported that Ivanovic and Suarez had to be separated in the tunnel at half-time before the biting incident.
Meanwhile, Brighton manager Gus Poyet believes pundits are guilty of hypocrisy in their comments on his fellow Uruguayan Suarez.
Chelsea are investigating claims that Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun, 32, has been the target of anti-Semitic chants by his own supporters.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants to hold a fans' forum this summer to talk through what has gone wrong at the club this season.
The latest injury scare for midfielder Jack Wilshere, 21, has been caused by a screw in his ankle, according to Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19.
Striker Georgios Samaras, 28, believes Celtic would have secured the Scottish Premier League title weeks ago but for their European commitments.
Full story: Daily Record
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has played down speculation linking him with a move to Sheffield United, which was the final club of his playing career.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)
Bayern Munich have beaten Arsenal and Manchester City to the signing of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze. Bayern are set to pay £31.6m for the Germany midfielder, 20.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Barcelona star Lionel Messi because the Portuguese has an awkward relationship with his Real Madrid team-mates. Scolari said: "The other stars feel uncomfortable with the star that Cristiano is. Messi is fantastic but Cristiano is more fantastic."
Eric Abidal's cousin Gerard, who donated his kidney to the 33-year-old France defender, has travelled with the Barcelona squad for their Champions League semi-final first leg with Bayern Munich. Abidal made his first start since having the kidney transplant last year in the 1-0 win over Levante at the weekend.
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 24, stars in a new advert for a bank in his native Japan - alongside a talking dog and a dolphin.
Norwegian club Ny Krohnborg IL returned from the off-season to find something a little bit different about their pitch. They now have a road running through it.