Friday's gossip column
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will switch his sights back to Borussia Dortmund's 24-year-old striker Robert Lewandowski if he is unable to sign Napoli's Edinson Cavani, 26.
Arsenal's hopes of signing Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, 28, are fading as the Welsh club are refusing to lower their £10m asking price.
Manchester United will turn their attention to Tottenham's Gareth Bale, 23, if they fail to convince Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, to return to Old Trafford.
But Bale's future at White Hart Lane has been made "clear" to Spurs target Paulinho. The 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder reveals he is on the verge of joining from Corinthians, with assurances given about Bale staying at the club.
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, 27, tops the list of targets for Manchester City as they look to replace Carlos Tevez. Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo, Roma's Pablo Osvaldo and Benfica's Oscar Cardozo are also in contention.
West Bromwich Albion are interested in Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, 24, with the former Swansea player hoping to go out on loan.
Sunderland are close to signing Argentina right-back Gino Peruzzi, 21, who shot to prominence with Velez Sarsfield after he kept Neymar quiet over both legs of a Copa Libertadores tie.
Liverpool are monitoring Mamadou Sakho's situation as the Paris St-Germain defender, 23, stalls on signing a new contract. Sakho made his senior international debut for France in a 2-1 win over England at Wembley in November 2010.
Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace have agreed a fee to sign Peterborough United striker Dwight Gayle. The 22-year-old spent the 2011-12 season on loan at non-league Bishop's Stortford.
Sunderland will receive £2m when they sell Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady to Premier League rivals Hull City in the next 24 hours. The 25-year-old right-sided player helped Hull win promotion during a loan spell last season.
Swansea City are hopeful they will complete the signing of Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem, despite the Dutch club's denial that a deal has been agreed for the 24-year-old Ivory Coast striker.
Newcastle United could be poised to make a £15.2m offer for St Etienne's 24-year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 27, has hinted he would be happy to follow striker Carlos Tevez in taking a pay cut and moving to Juventus.
Marseille have confirmed the signing of Lille forward Dimitri Payet, 26, subject to a medical.
Barcelona attacker Gerard Deulofeu, 19, is a loan target for a number of English clubs which include Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. Brighton's new manager Oscar Garcia is also keen, though Arsenal are regarded as favourites.
Former Tottenham midfielder Glenn Hoddle has urged current forward Gareth Bale, 23, to remain in England despite interest from Real Madrid - even if it means moving to Manchester United or Manchester City.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 33, is making no effort to hide his desire to see new Manchester United manager David Moyes "wobble" at Old Trafford, but concedes the Premier League champions will be in the title race this season.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 26, has backed Jose Mourinho to make a successful return to Chelsea, but says Real Madrid will not be weakened by the departure of the 'Special One'.
The lawyers of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 26, deny their client has reached a settlement with the Spanish tax authorities to avoid facing tax fraud charges in court. Both Messi and his father are due to appear at a court hearing on 17 September.
Newly promoted Monaco will start the French season on minus two points following crowd trouble during a game against Le Mans.
Chelsea target Marco van Ginkel will seek assurances over first-team football before deciding to leave Vitesse Arnhem. The 20-year-old is reportedly a £9m target for Jose Mourinho's side, but the Dutchman does not want to jeopardise his chances of making the World Cup squad.
The Euro 2016 logo has been launched in Paris - 1,080 days before the start of the tournament in France.
Fifa's official champagne of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been announced - as Brazilians demonstrate over high transport fares, corruption and the cost of staging next year's tournament.