Tuesday's gossip column
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Barcelona have put Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 21, on their list of potential replacements for Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
France left-back Patrice Evra does not expect to extend his Manchester United contract beyond next summer for what the 32-year-old describes as "something personal".
Juventus want to sign Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo on loan. The Italy international, 27, has scored one goal in seven appearances since joining the Saints from Roma for £13m in the summer.
Manchester City are competing with Barcelona to sign 14-year-old Malaga midfielder Brahim.
Tottenham are said to be willing to offer £17m for Dinamo Zagreb youngster Alen Halilovic. Spurs were close to a £10m deal for the 17-year-old midfielder in the summer, and any future move will depend on how much playing time the Croatia international will receive.
Liverpool hope the decision to loan Derby 20-year-old defender Andre Wisdom will help them beat a number of Premier League clubs to the signing of Rams midfielder Will Hughes, 18.
Ian Holloway's future as Crystal Palace manager is in doubt ahead of a meeting with the club's co-chairman Steve Parish.
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is not expected to have written anything in his autobiography that should cause problems in the relationship between striker Wayne Rooney, 27, and the Old Trafford club.
Arsene Wenger has yet to make a decision over his long-term future as Arsenal manager. The 63-year-old is understood to have been offered an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
The Gunners plan to offer a contract extension to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The 23-year-old's current deal expires in 2015.
Former Middlesbrough midfielder Graeme Souness, 60, is favourite to be named the new manager at the Riverside after the sacking of Tony Mowbray.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is prepared to play defender Wes Brown in Sunday's derby with Newcastle, despite the 34-year-old not playing a first-team match in 21 months because of several injuries.
Nigel Clough, who was sacked by Derby County last month, could be appointed as Sheffield United manager this week.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Japan striker Keisuke Honda, 27, will be joining AC Milan on 1 January after his contract expires at Russian side CSKA Moscow.
Former Arsenal defender Nelson Vivas resigned as coach of Argentine club Quilmes after attacking one of his own fans following a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Rafaela.
FC Twente manager Michel Jansen had a tooth knocked out after being accidentally struck in the face while one of his assistants celebrated a goal in the weekend draw with Ajax.