Thursday's gossip column
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, is set to turn down a move to Manchester United in favour of staying in Germany and switching to Bayern Munich for £25m.
Chelsea could land manager Jose Mourinho on the cheap this summer and get former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 31, as well if the Real Madrid coach returns to Stamford Bridge.
However, it could cost the Blues £200m to appoint Mourinho as manager when taking into account the escape clause in his contract and the players he wants to sign.
Manchester City could make Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho, 27, the first signing of their summer.
Aston Villa are ready to turn down offers of £30m in an effort to keep hold of 22-year-old striker Christian Benteke.
Liverpool and Manchester United face another contender for the signature of Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, 24, with Bayern Munich now on his trail.
Chelsea have opened the door on a potential one-year contract extension for Frank Lampard, 34, just four months after the midfielder's agent claimed that "in no circumstances" would his player be offered a new deal.
Tottenham are hopeful of signing long-term target Leandro Damiao with the Brazil striker, 23, set to leave Internacional for Europe, with Napoli also expressing interest.
Galatasaray are ready to offer Arsenal £15m for Germany forward Lukas Podolski, 27, after making him their top target.
Cardiff want to make £7m-rated Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, 28, their first Premier League signing.
England manager Roy Hodgson is ready to ask Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who is on loan at West Ham, to revive his team's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The 24-year-old has scored four goals in his last five games.
Jose Mourinho has been told he will have to accept working under technical director Michael Emenalo if he wants to return to Chelsea.
Former Arsenal defender Remi Garde believes the changing face of football may have altered Arsene Wenger's famous principles - but he still expects the Frenchman to snub Paris Saint-Germain's riches this summer.
Newcastle United have not made provisions for relegation in all of the contracts they gave to the players who arrived at St James' Park in January.
(sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, has said he will leave the club at the end of the season, with Juventus a possible destination.
Borussia Dortmund president Hans-Joachim Watzke has said he couldn't bear to watch the final minutes of Tuesday's match against Real Madrid, instead spending the time "locked in the toilet, with my ears plugged, watching the clock".
A representative of interim Chelsea coach Rafael Benitez has denied any contact with Paris Saint-Germain over replacing Carlo Ancelotti next season.
Paris Saint-Germain fans have written an open letter to Ancelotti, urging him to stay.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has spoken publicly for the first time on allegations of tax evasion, saying he made a "huge mistake" that he wants to correct. His statement came amid news that some sponsors are pressuring the club to have him removed as president of the supervisory board.
Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 33, has revealed the success behind enjoying such a long spell at the top of football - locking himself away and playing on his computer console.