Wednesday's gossip column
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Sir Alex Ferguson will build on Manchester United's 20th title triumph with a £50m spending spree this summer. Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 28, Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao, 27, and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, are on Ferguson's wanted list.
But Chelsea believe they have won the race to land Falcao.
Real Madrid are prepared to offer a straight cash deal of £45m or a player-plus-cash deal, which will include either striker Gonzalo Higuain or winger Angel Di Maria, for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23.
Manchester City are closing in on 26-year-old forward Edinson Cavani, rated at £60m by his club Napoli, after agreeing in principle terms with the player over a summer move.
Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to beat Manchester City and Liverpool in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon forward Bruma, 18.
Striker Lisandro Lopez, 30, has opened the door to a move to Tottenham in the summer after revealing that he is ready to quit Lyon.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is top of Monaco's wanted list. However, the 53-year-old is waiting to see what happens at Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 34, is expected to agree a new one-year deal at Old Trafford.
Chelsea captain John Terry, 32, expects to open discussions over a contract extension this summer.
Outgoing Manchester United chief executive David Gill claims the Premier League champions are bracing themselves for Manchester City to respond after Sir Alex Ferguson's side wrapped up another title.
Arsenal anticipate providing new champions Manchester United with a guard of honour when they visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday despite the tension sure to be whipped up by Robin van Persie's first return to the north London club.
Julio Cesar, the 33-year-old QPR goalkeeper, is facing the prospect of internal club action after pictures of him wearing a Chelsea shirt at a fancy-dress party were posted on the internet by his wife.
Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar, 28, has warned his team cannot afford for their battle to beat relegation to come down to goal difference.
Chelsea are taking Juventus to a FIFA dispute panel this week to try to claim millions of pounds in compensation for former striker Adrian Mutu, 34.
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Liverpool will honour midfielder Steven Gerrard, 32, with a testimonial match this summer, with all the proceeds from the event being donated to charity.
A food artist has come up with something football fans might want to sink their teeth into - a pizza with the face of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on it.