Saturday's gossip column


Carlo Ancelotti wants Brazilian superstar Kaka to join him at Stamford Bridge if the Italian coach make the rumoured switch to manage Chelsea next season. (Daily Mail) 
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is once again eyeing up a summer move to Real Madrid, despite recently suggesting he would be remaining at Old Trafford. (The Sun) 
Martin O'Neill has warned Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry to be wary of Liverpool's reported renewal of interest in his signature this summer, claiming he should possibly feel "hurt" by the Reds' reluctance to pay the club's asking price last off-season. (The Guardian)
If Liverpool do renew their interest in Barry they will still have to pay at least £10m for the player.(Daily Mirror) 
Chelsea, Aston Villa and Blackburn are all in the hunt for Manchester City striker Daniel Sturridge after the striker rejected City's offer of a new contract. (Daily Mail) 
Manchester City will relaunch a £10million bid to sign Everton defender Joleon Lescott this summer.(The Sun) 
City boss Mark Hughes has told any potential suitors for midfielder Stephen Ireland they are wasting their time as he will not be leaving the club.(The Sun) 
Hughes has also reportedly switched his attentions to Aston Villa striker John Carew, after finally losing patience with Blackburn's demands for their striker Roque Santa Cruz.(The Mirror) 
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is planning a huge summer clear-out of players, regardless of which division they are in next season.(The Sun) 
Wigan manager Steve Bruce is ready to offer Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, currently on loan at Portsmouth, a move to the Latics this summer.(The Sun) 
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has confirmed his club's interest in signing Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson. (The Sun)

Parma have joined Sampdoria and Atalanta in the race to sign Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati. (The Sun)



Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb says the Gunners must loosen their purse strings if they want to prevent their best players seeking moves to other clubs.(The Times) 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger though has told the club's board to "shut up" about spending plans for the summer to prevent selling clubs from increasing their prices. (Various)
Everton boss David Moyes believes the club must make significant moves in the transfer market this summer to keep the club at a high level. (The Times) 
Bolton manager Gary Megson is another who feels his side need to splash out in the off-season, but this is to avoid becoming embroiled in another relegation battle. (The Times)
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho insists he would not swap his striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for European and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.(Daily Mail) 
Millwall striker and record goalscorer Neil Harris says that Sunday's League One play-off final against Scunthorpe is a "bigger occasion" than the club's FA Cup final appearance against Manchester United in 2004. (The Times)
The Scottish FA will reject the idea of a Team GB playing at the 2012 Olympics when its board meets on Tuesday. (Daily Express)



Burnley's Graham Alexander, 37, who will line-up for the Clarets against Sheffield United in the Championship play-off final on Monday, says the secret to his long career is that he never leaves training without first having an ice bath.(Daily Mail) 
West Ham striker Carlton Cole has declared his intention to be "Selfish, more of a nutter and show aggression" to improve his game after being told by England coach Fabio Capello he had become "too nice".(The Times)