Monday's gossip column


Manchester United will make a last-ditch attempt to keep striker Carlos Tevez at the club and are willing to pay £25m for the Argentine.(Daily Telegraph) 
However, Manchester City are leading the race for Tevez and are prepared to pay £30m to land the 25-year-old. (Daily Mirror) 
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has insisted that Xabi Alonso is a key part of his plans and does not want to sell him. Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the midfielder. (Daily Telegraph)
Birmingham are set to land Ecuador striker Christian Benitez for £6.25m from Mexican club Santos Leguna. (Daily Mirror) 
Alex McLeish's Premier League new boys also look set to sign Manchester City keeper Joe Hart on loan. (Daily Mirror)
West Brom are keen on Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson and will bid £1m for the Scotsman. (Daily Mirror) 
Winger Glen Little looks set to leave Portsmouth and join Championship side Coventry. (Daily Mirror)
Sheffield United are poised to sell young defender Kyle Naughton and have slapped a £5m price tag on his head. (Daily Mirror) 
West Ham captain Lucas Neill looks set to leave the club after turning down a new one-year deal.(Daily Mail) 
And Manchester City now appear favourites to sign Australian defender Neill from the Hammers. (The Sun) 


Former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti will be given £50m to spend on new players if he takes over at Chelsea.(The Sun) 
Chelsea captain John Terry has urged Blues owner Roman Abramovich to bankroll Ancelotti, if the Italian arrives at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror) 
Ancelotti could be given up to £100m by Abramovich to spend on new players. (Daily Star) (Daily Star) 
And captain Terry has urged the Italian to make Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Valencia forward David Villa his first signings as Chelsea manager.(The Guardian) 
Ancelotti's arrival may mean the Chelsea careers of Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou and Deco will come to an end.(The Sun) 
The 49-year-old coach is also lining up Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and will pay £23m for the front-man.(Daily Express) 
Ancelotti will hope to bring AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo with him to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star) 
The former Italian midfielder is also targeting Atletico Madrid's £50m-rated striker Sergio Aguero. (Daily Express) 
Ancelotti is keen to appoint Filippo Galli, who was his assistant at AC Milan, as his number two at Stamford Bridge.(The Times) 
However, Ancelotti's Chelsea move could be in doubt after Real Madrid declared their interest in the Italian.(Independent) 


Alan Shearer looks set to turn down the chance to become the permanent manager of Newcastle unless owner Mike Ashley can quickly offload the club at a knockdown price. (Daily Express)
Shearer will also have to reduce his financial demands if he is to be installed as Magpies boss.(The Guardian) 
Sunderland are set to unveil current Wigan manager Steve Bruce as their new boss. (Daily Mirror)
However, Wigan are still holding out on the £3m in compensation they want for Bruce's departure. (Daily Express) 
Meanwhile, Sunderland officials have spoken of their puzzlement at claims from former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini that he has been offered the manager's job at the Stadium of Light. (The Guardian) 
Wigan owner Dave Whelan wants to replace Bruce with Swansea manager Roberto Martinez. (Daily Mirror) 


Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has revealed the secret behind his recent fine form - the removal of his wisdom teeth. (The Independent)
Chelsea players celebrated their Wembley triumph on Saturday with a night out and left the FA Cup in a bin liner. (Daily Star) 
Departing Blues manager Guus Hiddink and his partner Liza were each given a £50,000 Rolex Daytona watch by Chelsea players as a thank you. (The Sun)
But Hiddink could be fined £50 after being caught on camera smoking a cigar in Chelsea's Wembley dressing room on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)