Wednesday's gossip column
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Next season's football fixtures are released at 09:00 BST on Wednesday. You can get the full club-by-club breakdown and reaction on the BBC Sport website.
Manchester United are favourites to sign Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alacantara, 22, who would cost £15m. Thiago scored a hat-trick as Spain Under-21s beat Italy 4-2 in the final of the European Championships on Tuesday.
Barcelona are targeting a £30m deal for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata following rumours that new Blues manager Jose Mourinho is unconvinced by the Spaniard, 25.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26, will reject a move to Manchester City to join Real Madrid in a £55m deal. The Uruguay international has also been linked with Chelsea.
Liverpool are in advanced negotiations to sign Porto's Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu, 21.
The Reds also expect to complete the £6m transfer of Sevilla attacking midfielder Luis Alberto, 20, by Thursday.
The package that takes England striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool to West Ham could cost the London club a total £55m. The 24-year-old, who has passed a medical at Upton Park, will cost up to £19m and will sign a six-year £100,000-a-week deal.
Fulham hope to sign Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, 20, on loan for next season.
Aston Villa are looking to sell striker Darren Bent, 29, for a fee in excess of £8m.
Crystal Palace, Swansea, Fulham and Norwich have all made £2m offers for Birmingham and England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond, 19.
Everton are in talks with Granada to sign Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siqueira, 27.
Birmingham have dismissed speculation that Blackpool left-back Stephen Crainey, 31, could join them.
The 2014 FA Cup final will be played after the end of the Premier League season for the first time since 2010.
Joe Kinnear will not take on any scouting duties or negotiate contracts as director of football at Newcastle. His key responsibilities will be to sit in on meetings about the first team and transfers, as well as talking directly to owner Mike Ashley on behalf of the club's football staff.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, 51, will seek clarification from Kinnear about his role at the club before committing to the new set-up.
The Football Association is in no rush to name a replacement for outgoing England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce.
Michael Appleton, 37, who was sacked by Blackburn in March, is favourite to take over from Pearce.
Former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate, 42, is also a candidate for the role.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has promised to meet representatives of supporters who will protest in London on Wednesday about ticket prices.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 24, will open talks about a new four-year deal this week. The defender has two years left on his current deal.
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Borussia Dortmund are interested in Valencia's French defender Adil Rami, 27, who is also in the sights of Manchester City and Napoli.
AC Milan are interested in signing Dutch defender Bruno Martins, 21, currently of Feyenoord, following a strong showing in the Under-21 European Championship.
Levante have agreed in principle a deal with Moroccan international midfielder Issam El-Adwa, 26, of Portuguese side Vitoria.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 29, has told Spanish radio that he "got caught up in the wave of antagonism" towards interim coach Rafael Benitez, and said he would like to speak to new boss Jose Mourinho about his plans for next season.
Real Madrid have continued their charm offensive towards Tottenham's Gareth Bale by reserving the number 11 shirt for the Wales winger, 23.