Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Juventus plan to spend £70m on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28. The package includes both the transfer fee and the player's wages and is intended to ensure they beat Manchester United and Manchester City to his signature.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll does not want to make his loan move to West Ham United permanent. The 23-year-old is reported to have told friends he will only leave Anfield to return to Newcastle United.
Martin O'Neill would love to sign Carroll for Sunderland, despite the striker being a former Newcastle player.
Liverpool have also rejected a £13m bid from Manchester City for centre-back Daniel Agger, 27.
The Hammers are close to bolstering their defensive options with a double deal for Aston Villa's James Collins and free agent Sebastian Boenisch.
Champions League winners Chelsea are preparing a final £7.5m offer for 21-year-old Wigan Athletic winger Victor Moses.
Real Madrid have told Tottenham they will not pay their £40m asking price for midfielder Luka Modric, 26.
And the La Liga champions will instead turn their attentions to re-signing Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland after he impressed club scouts in action for Team GB on Sunday.
Blackburn Rovers will sign two strikers to replace Leon Best after it was confirmed the £3m summer signing will be ruled out for at least six months with a knee ligament injury.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 33, is understood to regret the tweet that has seen him charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has expressed his relief after it was revealed winger Gareth Bale, 23, has not suffered a serious injury after a challenge from Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.
Clint Dempsey has moved closer to leaving Fulham by missing the club's pre-season trip to Switzerland. The £10m-rated American has been linked with Liverpool.
Charlie Adam's agent has described comments from Gareth Bale that the midfielder is a 'coward' as outrageous. The Wales international alleged Adam deliberately fouled him in a pre-season friendly in Baltimore.
Martin Keown has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign a 'world star' to help cushion the potential blow of losing captain Robin van Persie.
Manchester City assistant coach and former England international David Platt, 46, turned back the clock to produce a bicycle kick in training that left Sergio Aguero speechless.