Saturday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours
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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to make a cut-price offer for 31-year-old Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Tottenham are preparing an offer for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 22, but believe the £25m price tag is unrealistic.
Manchester City's Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta, 28, wants to move to Italy and would like to play for Fiorentina.
Midfielder Joey Barton, 30 has reached agreement on a return to Marseille as QPR continue with plans to restructure their squad.
Wayne Rooney, 27, still wants to quit Manchester United and Chelsea believe they can land the unsettled £25m striker.
Real Madrid have made a £36m bid for Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 26, who is also a target for Manchester United.
Chelsea are lining up an £11.2m offer for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, 29, a long-term target.
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is plotting a £6m move for Juventus's Italy striker Fabio Quagliarella, 30.
Manchester City target Alvaro Negredo, 27, is edging closer to a move away from Sevilla, with coach Unai Emery saying it would be "best for everyone" if he left.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, and is preparing to up his offer from £30m to £35m.
Manchester United boss David Moyes is set to turn his attentions to Lazio and Italy attacking midfielder Antonio Candreva, 26, if United miss out on Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 22.
Arsenal could make a bid to bring Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, 25, to North London.
Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 26, is on the verge of joining Sunderland after the clubs agreed a £5m fee.
Liverpool have set their sights on Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz, 27.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 25, is being lined up for a move to Premier League new boys Hull and a reunion with Tigers boss Steve Bruce after his move to Eintracht Frankfurt collapsed.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)
Manchester City have joined the chase to sign Paris St-Germain and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31.
However, Ibrahimovic could follow coach Carlo Ancelotti and head to Real Madrid.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has held preliminary contract talks with the club, with the Frenchman also stating his long-term desire to stay with the Gunners.
Swansea now have seven Spaniards in their first-team squad and boss Michael Laudrup is wary of undermining their identity as a Welsh team.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 30, has called on the club to strengthen their attacking options.
West Ham have applied for a work permit for Colombian forward Duvan Zapata, 22, to try to smooth his £6.8m arrival from Estudiantes.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits Gary Hooper may have played his last game for the club, with the striker unlikely to stay in Glasgow.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is such a regular visitor to St Lucia that he speaks the local French-based Creole with his family and former team-mates William Gallas and Pascal Chimbonda.
Former England striker Emile Heskey has been putting a team of WAGs assembled by fiancee Chantelle Tagoe through their paces for a charity football match.