Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
On-loan Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, has been priced at £10m by parent club Hoffenheim, who will try to ward off plenty of potential summer suitors, including interested parties Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United.
Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is eyeing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 25, and 26-year-old Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko as he prepares for a summer spending spree at new club Paris Saint-Germain.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill wants to bring Wigan winger Victor Moses, 21, and Wolves' 25-year-old striker Steven Fletcher to the Stadium of Light. However, the Northern Irish coach has been told he must sell before he can buy, after previous Black Cats managers Roy Keane and Steve Bruce spent too much.
Bolton want Fifa to process the signing of free agent Gregg Wylde, 21, as soon as possible. The Scottish winger took voluntary redundancy from Rangers in March after the Scottish giants went into administration.
Bankrolled Russian top flight club Anzhi Makhachkala are in the hunt for another Premier League signing. Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, 29, could be heading to Dagestan to join former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba and international stars Samuel Eto'o and Roberto Carlos.
Veteran Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy is poised to sign a new contract to keep him playing at Craven Cottage, despite rumours of an imminent move away. The pivotal 35-year-old said: "There's no great urgency with me, because I'm happy and they are happy with me. I'd be surprised if it didn't get sorted."
Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich is prepared to break the bank to lure former manager Jose Mourinho away from Real Madrid and back to Stamford Bridge. Wages of more than £9m a year after tax and a Bernabeu compensation package of £25m are not out of the question.
Norwich frontman Grant Holt, 31, wants to cap off a productive first season in the Premier League with a late call-up to the England squad for Euro 2012. Highlighting his strengths, Holt explained: "If you put the ball in the area I will do my best to finish."
Fresh from drawing 4-4 in a thrilling comeback at Manchester United, Everton boss David Moyes may be on the lookout for a new project come the summer. That is the fear of Everton legend and current Toffees' Under-18s manager, Alan Stubbs. "I think David has come to a crossroads in his career," said Stubbs.
Former Manchester United star Mickey Thomas says that when midfielder Paul Scholes, 37, hangs up his boots for a second time it will cost Sir Alex Ferguson £40m to replace him. "He's the player of the season if Man United win the title," insisted the one-time Reds winger.
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi wants to be one of the three players aged over 23 permitted for the Omani football team if they reach the London 2012 Olympics. "Crowds in Oman are crazy about football and to be in the Olympics would be a dream for the country, the players and for everyone," said the 30-year-old.
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola says Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea will make or break the Catalans' campaign. "What happens against Chelsea will mark the rest of our season," the Spaniard said.
Xavi has warned Chelsea that they face an "angry" Barcelona backlash after they lost to Real Madrid, saying: 'I wish we could play Chelsea on Monday'.
Chelsea are sweating on striker Didier Drogba being fit to face Barcelona and are leaving it to the very last minute to decide whether he travels to Spain.
Liam Lawrence, former Portsmouth captain, has branded the former owners of the club a "disgrace" following their relegation to League One.
"I once dragged a player into my office and told him if he dived again, I'd sell him," reveals Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, in light of recent controversies over simulation. The colourful coach continues: "There isn't a manager in the game who encourages his players to cheat."
Edwin van der Sar, now retired at 41, took part in a penalty shoot-out competition on a barge through the canals of Amsterdam with members of the public involved.