Wednesday's gossip column


Brazilian centre-back Luisao has admitted that he has talked with international colleague Robinho about the prospect of moving to Manchester City. (Sky Sports) 
Brazilian forward Robinho has again cast doubt over his Manchester City future by revealing his desire to play for Barcelona. (Setanta)


AC Milan's 19-year-old Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato has opened the door to a £40m switch to join former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea by asking for permission to talk terms with the Blues. (Daily Mirror) 
Alternatively, Chelsea have earmarked that £40m to fund a move for Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. (Daily Star) 
Midfielder Javier Mascherano has stunned Liverpool by admitting he wants to quit Anfield and join Champions League winners Barcelona, saying "if a club like Barcelona want you, obviously a player will say he wants to play there". (The Sun) 
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he will now "do everything possible" to get Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo at the club after sealing the world record £56m transfer of Kaka. (Daily Express) 
The Old Trafford outfit though have been given a clear run to sign Wigan winger Antonio Valencia after Real's interest in the player has cooled.(Independent) 
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is preparing to trawl Europe's bargain basement for new players after his ambitious summer spending plans were hit by the club's financial crisis.(The Sun) 
Arsenal are ready to offload defender William Gallas once they complete the signing of £11m Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.(Daily Mirror) 
West Ham and England defender Matthew Upson could be on his way out of Upton Park after putting his house up for sale. (The Sun) 
Tottenham have lined up summer moves for Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez and Galatasaray winger Arda Turan.(Daily Mail) 
Tottenham are also aiming to beat West Ham to the signing of Inter Milan's £10million-rated Chilean forward Luis Jimenez. (The Sun) 
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will also kick off a shake-up of his playing staff by selling Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. (Daily Mirror) 
Manchester City will expect any club looking to sign out-of-contract striker Daniel Sturridge to pay a £10m 'development fee' to the Blues. (Independent) 
Full-back Glen Johnson will quit Portsmouth for a club playing Champions League football next season in order to guarantee his World Cup place.(Daily Mirror) 
Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has refused to rule out a loan move away from Stamford Bridge next season in order to guarantee him first-team football. (Daily Star) 
Premier League new boys Wolves hope to conclude the signing of Red Star Belgrade's Serbian international midfielder Nenad Milijas for £2.6m. (The Sun) 

Wolves are also in the hunt for Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt. (Daily Mail)

Blackburn want the future of Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz sorted out by the end of this month, with Manchester City still leading the chase for the player. (The Sun)

Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt is being chased by Everton and Sunderland after admitting he needs a "fresh start".(The Sun) 

Everton are set to win the race to sign Leeds' highly rated England Under-21 midfielder Fabian Delph.(Daily Mirror) 
Manchester City have made a move for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant after agreeing to let Joe Hart join Birmingham on loan.(Daily Mail) 
Cardiff have told Birmingham that they must pay £5m up front if they want to sign centre-back Roger Johnson.(The Sun) 


England may play their World Cup qualifier against Andorra at a half-empty Wembley as thousands of fans face being left stranded by the tube strike. It could end up costing the Football Association £1m in ticket refunds. (The Sun) 
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is set to start his first competitive game for England in two years against Andorra tonight. (The Times) 
Sources close to Newcastle say there is no substance to the reported takeover bid for the club from Singapore-based investment company the Profitable Group. (Daily Express) 
Alternatively, the £100m Profitable Group proposal for Newcastle is very much alive and they could install former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon - a commercial director with the group - as manager at St James' Park. (Daily Mirror)
West Brom have targeted St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes - a former Baggies midfielder - as their new manager with Tony Mowbray poised to take the reins at Celtic.(Daily Mirror) 
Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, is "very interested" in holding talks with Portsmouth over the club's vacant managerial position.(The Guardian) 
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made three attempts to stop Gunners winger Theo Walcott joining England for the European Under-21 Championship, fearing burn-out for the player, before accepting defeat.(Daily Mail) 


England coach Fabio Capello has revealed the simple secret behind unleashing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's goalscoring potential for the national side - "I told him to stand in front of the goal!" revealed the Italian coach.(The Sun) 
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry says he "nearly had a third heart attack" after Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis was brought on to play up front during England Under-21s' 7-0 win over Azerbaijan on Monday.(The Sun)