Wednesday's gossip column
Liverpool want 22-year-old Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, but they will face competition from Inter Milan for the Spain Under-21 international, who will command a considerable transfer fee.
Tottenham are favourites to sign 23-year-old Brazil and Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, according to the South American club's president Giovanni Luigi.
Manchester United are interested in signing 27-year-old Italy international midfielder Claudio Marchisio from Juventus.
United have spent the last four months planning their summer signings, with midfielders Anderson, 25, and Nani, 26, set to be sold and 38-year-old Paul Scholes likely to retire.
Liverpool are set to sign Republic of Ireland international centre-back Alex Pearce, 24, on a free transfer from relegated Reading at the end of the season.
Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane believes Tottenham could command a fee of £60m for forward Gareth Bale, 23, this summer.
QPR striker Djibril Cisse, goalkeeper Julio Cesar and striker Loic Remy are all plotting their moves away from the club following their relegation to the Championship.
While Rangers have valued forward Adel Taarabt, 23, at £15m in a bid to keep him at Loftus Road.
Aston Villa will resist any bids for Belgium international striker Christian Benteke and will instead offer the 22-year-old a new contract.
West Ham United have agreed a deal to sign Romania defender Razvan Rat, 31, from Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Paris St-Germain have abandoned hopes of tempting Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger home to France this summer.
Manchester City will use an Abu Dhabi-owned Major League Soccer franchise to develop talent. Representatives of City's owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, are still working to tie up a deal to establish the MLS team, to be called New York City FC.
Wayne Rooney, 27, wants assurances from Manchester United over his role with fellow strikers Robert Lewandowski, of Borussia Dortmund, and Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao linked to the club.
Malaga could approach Wigan manager Roberto Martinez if Manuel Pellegrini moves to Manchester City or Chelsea this summer.
Sunderland's scouting staff, headed by the club's former forward Bryan "Pop" Robson, have been given notification of potential redundancy.
(sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Tottenham have opened negotiations with Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa, 26, to bring him to north London next season.
Paris St-Germain are prepared to pay up to £6m for Sampdoria striker Simone Zaza, 21, outbidding Juventus, Milan and Napoli.
Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti's surgery to treat a ruptured tendon has been "perfectly successful" according to the doctor operating on him. The Argentine is expected to be ready to return to action in six months.
Barcelona coach Tito Villanova has confirmed that Javier Mascherano, 28, will not play in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.
Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan says sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters can save the career of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa has angered Magpies fans after he was seen wearing the kit of Paris St-Germain in a local gym two days after the 6-0 hammering by Liverpool.
Rapid Vienna fans built a brick wall in front of their club's head office in protest at their team's terrible form. They sit third in the league, 23 points off city rivals Austria Vienna.