Friday's gossip column


Joe Cole could leave Chelsea in the summer after negotiations stalled on a new contract with the 28-year-old demanding in excess of £100,000 a week. Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in taking the England midfielder on a free transfer. (Daily Mail) 
Juventus are targeting Arsenal striker Robin van Persie in exchange for Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo. The Turin club are open to a deal, but would be looking to land either Van Persie, Gael Clichy or Bacary Sagna as part of the transfer. (Daily Mail) 
Juventus will also move for Bayern Munich's French winger Franck Ribery - putting Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid on alert.( 
German playmaker Mesut Ozil, 21, has rejected a new deal at Werder Breman, clearing the way for a £15m move to Arsenal in the summer - although Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested.(Daily Star) 
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender William Gallas, 32, is a free-transfer target for Italian side Roma.(Daily Mail) 
Manchester United are lining up a £9m move for Croatia Under-21 star Milan Badelj. The Dinamo Zagreb playmaker has been labelled the new Luka Modric. (Daily Mail) 
Palermo's 20-year-old centre back Simon Kjaer will snub approaches from Manchester United and Tottenham because he wants to play alongside fellow Dane Daniel Agger at Liverpool. (Daily Mirror) 
Wigan are keen on Espanyol striker Jose Callejon, 23, and hope to strike a deal at the end of the season. ( 
Sheffield Wednesday have joined Swansea in the race to sign Rochdale's 19-year-old defender Craig Dawson. (Daily Mail) 


Russia have approached Fabio Capello about becoming their new coach after the World Cup. The new head of Russia's Football Union, Sergei Fursenko, held informal talks with the England manager at Stamford Bridge last Saturday, over a deal which could more than double his net income. (The Guardian) 
Capello will attempt to talk Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge out of international retirement before he names his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup on 11 May. (The Independent) 
Chelsea officials have sent a specialist sports psychologist to France to help Ashley Cole overcome his broken ankle and split from wife Cheryl Cole. (Daily Mail) 
Ian Wright has launched a scathing attack on Manchester City over their treatment of his son Shaun Wright-Phillips. Former Arsenal star Wright accused City chiefs Garry Cook and Brian Marwood of treating the England winger "like a youth team player." (Daily Mirror) 
West Ham have withdrawn the offer of a new contract to midfielder Valon Behrami, with co-owner David Sullivan keen to cash in on the Switzerland international in the summer - much to boss Gianfranco Zola's despair.(Daily Telegraph) 
Liverpool insist the club has had no contact with the Abu Dhabi royal family regarding a bid for the Anfield outfit. (Daily Star) 
Wigan's French left-winger Charles N'Zogbia would play for England, if he was asked - the 23-year-old qualifies through residency having lived in England since 2004. (The Sun) 


New QPR manager Neil Warnock has instructed his players to wear shinpads in training to step up the intensity of the sessions.(Daily Mirror)