Sunday's gossip column


Man City have targeted Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta and will bid £35m for the playmaker. (News of the World) 
City are also planning to splash the cash on Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch, while Liverpool will try to sign right-back Glen Johnson from the cash-strapped south-coast club. (Sunday Express) 
City will face competition for Crouch from Blackburn, who are keen on taking the England international to Ewood Park. (NOTW) 
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill will have to trim his squad if the club fail to earn a Champions League spot. (NOTW)  
Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger says he does not know if he will be at the club next year as talks continue about a new deal. (NOTW) 


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says none of his squad are "immune" from criticism and he has spoken to star player Cristiano Ronaldo over the winger's attitude. (Various) 
United face problems off the pitch. They must pay £1.1bn in debt over the next nine years and may have to sell Ronaldo and other players to ease the financial strain. (NOTW) 
Liverpool co-owner George Gillett is set to sell his Montreal Canadiens hockey side for £272m to put the pressure on Reds counterpart Tom Hicks as their refinancing deal of the club approaches. (NOTW) 
Chelsea have been warned off trying to lure AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge. (Mail on Sunday) 
Ancelotti blamed a shoulder injury for leaving David Beckham on the bench for AC Milan's win over Chievo on Saturday. (Mail on Sunday) 
Chelsea captain John Terry says he wants Guus Hiddink to stay as manager beyond the end of the season and calms stories that the Blues players want Jose Mourinho back as manager. (Various) 
Queens Park Rangers will again try to persuade Malaga boss Antonia Tapia to take over as their manager following the exit of Paulo Sousa. (Sunday Express) 
But QPR are ready to offer ex-Blackburn boss Paul Ince a route back into the game by giving him the job. (NOTW) 
Alternatively, Dennis Wise could take over. (Mail on Sunday) 

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has told Sir Alex Ferguson to forget playing mind games because he does not understand the Scot's accent. (Various) 
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole says Liverpool would have been happy "even if it was five" following his side's rampant 3-1 win at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. (Mail on Sunday)