Tuesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours
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Real Madrid's interest in Tottenham winger Gareth Bale appears to be cooling after head coach Carlo Ancelotti told club president Florentino Perez that he did not consider the 24-year-old integral to his plans this season.
But Ancelotti wants the Spanish club to relaunch talks with Spurs over signing the Wales international so the forward avoids the struggles Luke Modric endured last season when he moved late in the transfer window.
Liverpool will rival Tottenham in the race to sign Brazil playmaker Willian, 25, from Russian club Anzhi Makachkala in a deal which could cost £35m.
Luiz Gustavo has welcomed a potential move to Arsenal, with the club hopeful of completing a £14m deal for the 26-year-old Bayern Munich defensive midfielder this week.
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o would be interested in joining Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. The 32-year-old worked under Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, winning his third Champions League title after two with Barcelona.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will consider a move for Schalke's 21-year-old Greece centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos and 32-year-old Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro if he misses out on Real Madrid defender Pepe, 30.
Liverpool's loan move for Bayern Munich left-back Diego Contento, 23, will depend on whether Arsenal are able to complete a deal for Bayern midfielder Luiz Gustavo, 26, after the German champions confirmed they would only let one of the two players leave this summer.
The Anfield club were also targeting Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa but the 24-year-old has reached a verbal agreement with the club to extend his current contract which comes to an end in 2015.
Crystal Palace have targeted a loan move for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent with a view to signing the 29-year-old on a permanent basis if they avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Newcastle are unlikely to sign Bent and also appear set to miss out on Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis, but the Magpies will now turn their attentions to trying to bring in Genk striker Jelle Vossen, 24. for £7m.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has imposed a ban on discussing his attempts to leave Anfield during the international break.
Theo Walcott's fitness for England's friendly against Scotland and Arsenal's opening game of the season against Aston Villa is in doubt after the 23-year-old forward picked up an ankle injury in training with the national side.
Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce says the blistering Qatari heat will make it impossible to stage the 2022 World Cup in the traditional summer months - as it would ruin the spectator experience.
The Football Association will start interviewing for an England Under-21 manager once the first team's friendly against Scotland has taken place. Gareth Southgate is the favourite to succeed Stuart Pearce, with former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen also emerging as a contender.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that club academies importing foreign youngsters is hindering the chances of homegrown talent.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says there is a lack of 'identity' around the England set-up since the exit of former manager Glenn Hoddle in 1999.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (From BBC Monitoring)
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido says midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 20, is not for sale. The France international has attracted interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Roma are close to completing the transfer of 22-year-old attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri from French side FC Bastia.
Napoli are set to renew the contract of striker Lorenzo Insigne, 22, who was reportedly a target for Sunderland.
Marseille are interested in signing Lille midfielder Florian Thauvin, 20, and striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 28, from Lyon.
Sunderland's fitness revolution under manager Paolo Di Canio involves 9am to 6pm days for the players, including a double fitness session in the mornings, lunch, a rest and a football-based session at 4pm.