Wednesday's gossip column


Ex-Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini would rather remain at AC Milan than return to England amid reports the Italian club will offer the France international a new deal. (PA)
Juventus director Roberto Bettega insists goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is not for sale and is confident the Italy international will still be be playing for the Serie A giants next season. (PA) 


Inter Milan are set to launch a bid for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas. ( 
Arjen Robben has called for Chelsea and Real Madrid target Franck Ribery to stay at Bayern Munich. ( 
Chelsea are closing in on Real Madrid's £10m-rated Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. (The Sun) 
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists he has no interest in signing Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, who is likely to be available on a free transfer at the end of the season. (The Guardian) 
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has rejected a a bid by Spartak Moscow to sign winger Albert Riera on loan. (Daily Mail) 
Fulham are favourites to snap up Wigan defender Paul Scharner when he quits at the end of his contract in the summer.(Daily Mirror) 
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is lining up a £1m bid for Notts County goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.(Daily Mirror) 
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been put up for sale by the Serie A giants, who hope to lure Manchester City and Bayern Munich into an auction to raise £30m for the Italy international.(Daily Mirror) 


England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has lost his position as the best paid footballer in the world to Lionel Messi, with the Barcelona forward's annual pay rising to £29.6m.(Daily Mirror) 
Arsenal captain William Gallas is ready to sign a new contract following showdown talks between the club and his agent Pierre Frelot.(Daily Mirror) 
Gunners midfielder Andrey Arshavin has claimed the north Londoners will not win the title because they do not have enough "real stars". (Various) 
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed striker Robin van Persie is looking "very sharp" and could be back playing before the end of the season. (The Independent) 
West Ham are set to launch their bid to rent the Olympic Stadium after the Games in 2012. (The Independent) 
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident he will still be in he job next season, even if he wins nothing this term.(Various) 
Everton manager David Moyes believes Manchester City's megabucks stars have no genuine feeling for their club. (Daily Star) 
Peterborough boss Jim Gannon is poised to sign a new four-year contract. (Daily Star) 
England coach Fabio Capello has been given a boost after Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Blues defender Ashley Cole will be able to resume running in training in a fortnight as he steps up his rehabilitation from a fractured ankle.(The Guardian) 
Outgoing Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has accused the Football Association of failing to face up to its structural problems in the wake of the shock departure of its chief executive, Ian Watmore.(The Guardian) 
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has spoken out against Wembley Stadium being used for sports other than football following the disunity at the FA that led to Watmore's resignation.(Daily Mail) 
Manchester United defender Gary Neville will be handed a one-year contract extension by the club this summer.(Daily Mirror) 


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has criticised Jamie O'Hara for saying he hopes Spurs lose their FA Cup quarter-final replay against Fulham to give the on-loan Portsmouth midfielder the chance of playing in the FA Cup final at Wembley.(Daily Mail)