Sunday's gossip column
Atletico Madrid have joined city rivals Real in the race to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, having sold Radamel Falcao to Monaco for £50m. But Real could cool their interest in the Reds striker, 26, if they are encouraged to move for his fellow Uruguayan, Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26.
Tottenham will tell Wales international Gareth Bale, 23, who has also been linked with Real Madrid, that he is not for sale at any price when he finishes a holiday in the United States.
But Real Madrid will test Tottenham's resolve with a world record £85m bid for Bale.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 22, could tell the club he wants to leave to try to engineer a move to Arsenal or Tottenham.
Borussia Dortmund have joined Atletico Madrid in targeting a move for 27-year-old Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.
New Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants to make PSV Eindhoven's Netherlands international defender Erik Pieters, 24, his first signing in a £4m deal.
French midfielder Clement Grenier, 22, has paved the way for a move to Arsenal by admitting he wants to leave Lyon.
Sevilla winger and Manchester City target Jesus Navas, 27, has confirmed he will leave the Spanish club.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, will meet manager Tito Vilanova this week for talks about his future, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all interested in signing him.
Everton defender Johnny Heitinga, 29, appears keen to leave the Goodison Park club, with Turkish side Fenerbahce a possible destination.
Blackpool winger Tom Ince could follow in his father Paul's footsteps by playing for Inter Milan, with the Italian side joining the list of clubs interested in signing the 21-year-old.
If England fail to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Brazil, it could cost £50m in lost income.
Manchester United's Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio, 22, claim England's players face nothing like the expectation they have to deal with in their homeland.
Brazilian forward Neymar, who was linked with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid before opting for a move to Barcelona, says he did not want to play for a club that "changes coach every season".
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, 39, could face strong competition for the job of Everton manager after 54-year-old Ralf Rangnick, who is currently sporting director at Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, impressed Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright in interview.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United striker and current Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joined the running to become Everton manager.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke has urged his club to improve Youssouf Mulumbu's contract to head off interest in the 26-year-old DR Congo midfielder from Fiorentina.
New Stoke manager Mark Hughes, 49, says a chat with his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired as boss of the Old Trafford club at the end of the season, helped rejuvenate him following his sacking by QPR.
Crystal Palace defender Danny Gabbidon, 33, is hoping to sign a new contract with the Eagles after helping Ian Holloway's side win promotion to the Premier League.
Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis says he wants to buy an English club and install Edoardo Reja as manager in a similar arrangement to Udinese's relationship with Championship side Watford.