Thursday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours
For a list of confirmed transfers, check out our transfers page.
For breaking transfer news, follow every weekday.
Tottenham are worried that Real Madrid's attempts to sign forward Gareth Bale, 24, are unsettling him.
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 22, almost signed for Manchester United before he joined Bayern Munich from Barcelona, according to his father Mazinho.
Valencia will not let defender Adil Rami, 27, leave for anything less than £7.75m. The Frenchman is wanted by both Manchester City and Arsenal.
Full story: Marca (in Spanish)
Liverpool face competition to land top target Christian Atsu, 21, with Benfica and Sporting Lisbon also interested in the Porto winger.
West Brom have asked Manchester City about taking forgotten winger Scott Sinclair, 24, on a season-long loan.
Stoke are interested in signing Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 24, on loan but the Championship side would prefer a permanent deal.
Middlesbrough are re-signing 28-year-old goalkeeper Ross Turnbull following his release by Chelsea.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants his scouts to check on Guadalajara midfielder Marco Fabian, 24.
Fulham are trying to sign Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo, 27, in an £8.6m deal.
Manchester United boss David Moyes has been labelled a "dinosaur" after striker Robin van Persie, 29, was injured in only his second pre-season appearance.
Midfielders Joey Barton and Karl Henry, both 30, have ended their long-standing feud after Henry joined Queens Park Rangers from Wolves.
Former England striker Michael Owen, 33, has set up a business representing young players and wants to "make them aware of what's around the corner".
Swindon are being sued for £143,200 plus interest and costs by former defender Alberto Comazzi, 34, - who is now serving a four-year ban for match fixing in Italy - over the terms of a compromise payment following his release by the Robins in 2012.
Valencia will not let defender Adil Rami, 27, leave for anything less than £7.75m. The Frenchman is on the radar of several European clubs, including Manchester City and Arsenal.
Former Argentine international striker Javier Saviola, 31, has joined Olympiakos from Malaga.
Former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba Djemba, 32, is to leave Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv for the champions of Serbia, Partizan Belgrade, on a two-year deal.
Pep Guardiola guided new club Bayern Munich to a 2-0 win over former club Barcelona at the Allianz Arena.