Monday's gossip column
Robert Lewandowski could be set for a shock move to the Premier League after Borussia Dortmund refused to sell him to Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old Poland striker has been strongly linked with Manchester United.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims 28-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with a return to Manchester United, wants to commit his future to the Spanish club.
Fiorentina's 23-year-old forward Stevan Jovetic, who is reported to be a target for Arsenal, wants to join Juventus instead.
Real Madrid's sporting director Zinedine Zidane says his club will have to break the world transfer record - which currently stands at £80m - to land Tottenham's 23-year-old forward Gareth Bale.
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says his old club should keep 24-year-old forward Andy Carroll, a target of West Ham, as he believes the squad is short in terms of numbers.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is set to pip Celtic in the battle for Portugal Under-20 striker Amido Balde, who seemed set for a £2.5m move to Scotland.
Hal-Robson Kanu, 24, says he wants to quit Reading. Aston Villa and West Brom are keen to sign the winger.
Manager Rafael Benitez has told Napoli he would like to work with 29-year-old Chelsea striker Fernando Torres again - paving the way for the Blues to sign Napoli's Edinson Cavani.
Manchester United are closing in on a deal for 20-year-old Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking to sign 22-year-old Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala and 20-year-old Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Manchester City are willing to offer AC Milan £21m plus Carlos Tevez, 29, for striker Stephan El Shaarawy, 20.
Paris St-Germain captain Thiago Silva, 28, has pledged his future to the French champions and said he would like to see Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, 27, join the club next season.
Juventus director general Guiseppe Marotta has met executives from Real Madrid to discuss signing Gonzalo Higuain. The 25-year-old Argentine striker is also wanted by Arsenal.
Turkish side Besiktas are considering a move for forward Ronaldinho, 34, currently of Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.
Jose Mourinho, who will be officially unveiled as Chelsea manager later on Monday, did more harm than good to Spanish football during his three years in charge of Real Madrid, according to Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet is backing 50-year-old Mourinho to repeat the success from his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
Ex-Tottenham and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, who won 73 caps for England, claims English football is in disarray because young players think they are already world stars who no longer have anything to prove.
Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann, 21, is to sign a new and improved three-year contract with the club.
Argentina international forward Franco Di Santo, 24, winger Albert Crusat, 31, and defenders Adrian Lopez, 26, and Ronnie Stam, 28, are to leave Wigan Athletic following their relegation from the Premier League.
Gareth Southgate is tipped to take over the role of England Under-21 coach if Stuart Pearce is sacked.
Stoke City's Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 25, has been voted 'Idol of the Nation' to end Edin Dzeko's three-year reign after helping put his country in a strong position to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.