Saturday's gossip column


Barcelona have switched their attentions from competing to sign Franck Ribery to preparing a £25m bid for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young(on photo). (Daily Star) 
The Catalan club are also getting ready to submit a £35m offer for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, which could be made up of £20m and forward Bojan Krkic. (Daily Mail) 
Manchester City are confident they will beat local rivals Manchester United as well as Chelsea and Liverpool to the signing of striker Carlos Tevez. (Independent)
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will target £12m-rated Roma centre-back Philippe Mexes as a replacement for Inter Milan-bound Ricardo Carvalho. (The Sun) 
Meanwhile, the Blues have bid more than Real Madrid for Valencia striker David Villa and his club want him to move to Stamford Bridge but he prefers a switch to the Bernabeu. (Daily Star) 
Arsenal's signing of centre-back Thomas Vermaelen has paved the way for Manchester City to sign Kolo Toure from the Gunners for £12m. (Times) 
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill could offer £8m to prise England Under-21 centre-back David Wheater away from Championship side Middlesbrough. (Daily Star) 
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is still trying to sign Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli on loan. (Daily Mirror) 
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is trying to sign winger Jermaine Pennant, who will be available on a free transfer as his deal with Liverpool is up this summer. (The Sun) 
Bolton have beaten Blackburn to the signing of Pompey midfielder Sean Davis and have now set their sights on West Brom left-back Paul Robinson. (The Sun) 
Tottenham may be able to offload Mexican winger Giovani Dos Santos to Atletico Madrid for £4m. (The Sun) 


Serbia and Manchester United midfielder Zoran Tosic says Cristiano Ronaldo told his Old Trafford team-mates he was leaving before the Champions League final. (The Sun) 
Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher has urged midfielder Xabi Alonso to resist a move to Real Madrid and stay at the club. And, with midfielder Javier Mascherano and defender Alvaro Arbeloa also linked with moves, Carragher insists he is hoping no-one leaves Anfield. (Daily Mirror) 


West Ham midfielder Scott Parker's rehabilitation from a groin injury saw him take a club physio on holiday with him. (The Sun)