Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
AC Milan have intensified their efforts to beat Chelsea and Manchester City to sign Pep Guardiola as their next manager.
Liverpool have approached Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala over a deal to sign 6ft 8in striker Lacina Traore, 22, who scored against the Reds in the Europa League last week.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Southampton are battling it out to sign Domenico Berardi, an 18-year-old striker with Italian club Sassuolo.
QPR want to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to help them out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 24, insists he has no intention of leaving after being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Juventus are ready to make a January move for Udinese's Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia, 25, - a recent target for Manchester United and Tottenham.
Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, has urged Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to move to a club capable of winning major trophies before it's too late.
And Gerrard, 32, admits he has plenty of career regrets as he prepares to win his 100th England cap against Sweden.
Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, 20, got a rude awakening before his possible England debut when Sweden coach Erik Hamren admitted: "I've never heard of you."
Former Stoke manager Lou Macari has urged England boss Roy Hodgson to play Ryan Shawcross, 25, for the full 90 minutes against Sweden.
Liverpool are in talks to extend their shirt sponsorship deal with banking firm Standard Chartered.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering ditching his favoured back-four formation to tighten up the team's defence.
The Premier League TV rights deal is set to top £5bn for the first time.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has told Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 22, to focus on his career rather than glossy magazine interviews.
Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 27, insists his side are still the best team in England.
The four Peterborough players fined and transfer-listed after a weekend night out in the city have asked the Professional Footballers' Association to help them fight the case.
Former France defender Willy Sagnol believes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will battle it out for the Ballon d'Or.
Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole who has had a knee injury could be fit to face Fulham on Saturday.
Tottenham could be without Kyle Walker, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon for Saturday's derby clash with Arsenal.
But Spurs assistant boss Steffen Freund insists the balance of power in north London has shifted away from the Gunners since he was a player at White Hart Lane.
Argentina star Lionel Messi got a shock when a soldier's gun was inadvertently pointed at him as he was escorted through a Saudi Arabia airport.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says some Everton players were keener than others to strip off and pose for their charity calendar.