Saturday's gossip column


Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has emerged as a £30m-target for Real Madrid next summer.(The Sun) 
Tottenham are battling it out with Inter Milan for 18-year-old Ghanaian full-back Gladson Awako.(Daily Mirror) 
Chelsea are ready to embark on a £60m spending spree in January if Fifa suspend the transfer ban hanging over them, with Inter Milan's Patrick Vieira, Benfica winger Angel di Maria, Valencia's David Villa and Aston Villa's Emile Heskey all being considered.(Daily Express) 
Roma's Daniele de Rossi, Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero and Manchester City talisman Robinho could also be on Chelsea's shopping list in January with the Blues losing key men to the African Cup of Nations.(The Sun) 
Leeds have slapped a £3m price tag on striker Jermaine Beckford in a bid to keep him at Elland Road until the end of the season.(Daily Mirror) 
Arsenal and AC Milan have joined the race to sign West Ham's Swiss utility man Valon Behrami.(Daily Star) 


Rafael Benitez is receiving words of wisdom from Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish to try to resolve his problems at Anfield.(The Sun) 
Arsene Wenger admits he feels sorry he let West Ham's Matthew Upson leave Arsenal and says he has thought about bringing him back to the club.(The Independent) 
Mark Hughes has conceded that Manchester City defender Micah Richards has plateaued as a player and currently has little chance of forcing his way into Fabio Capello's plans for South Africa next summer.(Independent) 
Boss Fabio Capello insisted he would not be happy if England won a match courtesy of a dive by one of his players.(Daily Mail) 
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Michael Owen deserves a hero's reception when he runs out for Manchester United at Anfield tomorrow and has claimed the former Liverpool striker remains one of the best goalscorers in world football.(Daily Mail) 
Nemanja Vidic says he has put his Liverpool nightmares of last season behind him and is ready to restore his reputation as one of the Premier League's finest defenders.(Daily Mirror) 
Fabio Capello says the coaching style he hopes will inspire England to World Cup glory draws heavily from techniques he has picked up from interest in volleyball, baseball, rugby union and ice hockey.(Guardian) 
Rafa Benitez maintains he is the right man to lead Liverpool and believes his vision for the club will still result in a golden future.(Daily Express) 


Manchester United fans plan to arrive for their clash with Liverpool at Anfield sporting masks of United legend Eric Cantona, in reference to a banner unfurled in 1994 which read: "Au revoir, Cantona and Man United. Come back when you've won 18." Other fans plan to wear T-shirts showing former Kop idol Michael Owen celebrating a goal with the tag: "Welcome to Manchester".(The Sun)