Gossip column: Alonso, Balotelli, Rhodes and Cech
Manchester United are considering a shock bid for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32, who currently plays for Real Madrid.
Arsenal are ready to fend off late interest shown by Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 28.
Arsenal could also scupper Everton’s move for PSG midfielder Clement Chantome, 26, as they close in on his team-mate Adrien Rabiot, 19. The French side will not let both players leave.
French side Monaco are planning a move for Petr Cech, 32, after the Chelsea goalkeeper started the season as number two to Thibaut Courtois.
Liverpool’s bid for striker Mario Balotelli, 24, collapsed after AC Milan refused to sanction a ‘good behaviour’ clause in the deal, meaning Liverpool could send him back at any time.
Hull boss Steve Bruce is considering a move for Blackburn’s £12m-rated striker Jordan Rhodes, 24, after Robert Snodgrass was ruled out for six months.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Liverpool are to make a £12m loan bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 28, who is also a target for Manchester United and Juventus.
The Glazer family have no plans to sell Manchester United in the near future, with the club’s American owners determined to be in place for at least the next five years.
The carrot of a place in the Champions League has seen Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino have a change of heart by insisting he wants to win the Europa League.
BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA
England and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 21, revealed his new noisy hobby on
– a drum kit – and he seems to be pretty good at it.
Cameron Jerome, 28, used
to thank everyone at Stoke City for “three fantastic years” after he completed his move to Norwich City.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, 28, is the latest footballer to be involved in the #IceBucketChallenge but rather than be on the receiving end
throwing the ice and the bucket on his wife Coleen’s head!
Bayern Munich put on an impressive show to unveil their brand new team bus –
it seemed to impress the audience.