Sunday's gossip column
Manchester United are planning a shock £25m move to bring Barcelona's former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, back to the Premier League.
But new Manchester United manager David Moyes will make Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, his first signing for £24m and broker a peace deal to keep striker Wayne Rooney, 27, at Old Trafford.
Carlo Ancelotti will offer Rooney a way out of Manchester United if he takes over as Real Madrid manager but will not consider a swap deal involving forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28.
Real Madrid are preparing a £60m offer for Tottenham's 23-year-old Gareth Bale despite Spurs chairman Daniel Levy indicating that he will not sell the player to any club this summer.
Incoming Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has asked the club's owners to buy him four new players in the summer window - and one is Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26.
Arsenal are set to sign Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 24, from Sunderland for £10m as Arsene Wenger dips into his £70m transfer fund.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is lining up a £3m move for Peterborough's 22-year-old striker Dwight Gayle. His interest in the London-born forward is unconnected with the future of Christian Benteke.
Lyon have made an approach to Arsenal to take 25-year-old forward Gervinho on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Everton, who are seeking a replacement for outgoing manager David Moyes, will target former Goodison Park captain David Weir, 43, as an alternative if Roberto Martinez decides to stay at Wigan.
But the Toffees are also considering offering the vacancy to former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is in charge of Norwegian champions Molde.
Stoke City will consider Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo and Brighton manager Gus Poyet as options if Mark Hughes turns down an offer to become their next boss.
Leicester City are trying to persuade former manager Martin O'Neill, 61, to return to the club and lead their fight to get back into the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has agreed a four-year contract to manage Chelsea for a second time and will become the highest paid manager in Premier League history, pocketing more than £8.5m a year after tax from a £50m-plus deal.
Mourinho, who has been linked with a return to the Chelsea manager's job, wants to turn striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, into the new Didier Drogba should the outgoing Real Madrid boss land the Stamford Bridge vacancy.
Former England captain David Beckham is wanted back in Major League Soccer as the CEO of a new team in Miami now he has retired from playing.
England manager Roy Hodgson has described 74-year-old Giovanni Trapattoni as a "coaching legend" ahead of England's friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.
Ashley Cole, 32, is likely to reject Roy Hodgson's offer to captain England in celebration of the Chelsea full-back's 100th cap for his country.
Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 27, alleviated some of the boredom on the club's post-season tour to the United States by trying to hit the Brooklyn Bridge with a football.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 29, sent CNN host and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan a signed picture of himself with the Premier League trophy.
Everton have provoked criticism from their supporters after revealing a new club crest.