Sunday’s gossip column
Chelsea forward Fernando Torres, 29, could be moving back to Atletico Madrid as part of a deal that would take £50m-rated Brazilian striker Radamel Falcao, 27, to Stamford Bridge. Torres began his career at Atletico before joining Liverpool in 2007.
Manchester United are preparing to buy Porto defender Ellaquim Mangala as a replacement for Rio Ferdinand. Mangala, 22, has played for the French Under-21 team and is rated at £20m.
Manchester City central defender Joleon Lescott, 30, will be a summer transfer target for Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton.
Liverpool believe they can sign Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann on the cheap in the summer after the 21-year-old Austrian turned down another contract offer to stay at Villa Park.
Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Anderson is set to leave Old Trafford this summer. The 24-year-old wants to be playing regular first-team football before the 2014 World Cup, which will be staged in his home country.
Chelsea will make a summer move for Everton’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The London club are prepared to pay £25m to take the 25-year-old from Goodison Park.
Arsenal are interesting in trying to sign Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian international striker Diego Costa, 24.
England captain Steven Gerrard, 32, has warned Wayne Rooney, 27, not to lose control when England play Montenegro in a vital World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Rooney was sent off when the two countries last met in Podgorica 17 months ago.
Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 32, tells the club’s fans to back manager Tony Pulis. The Potters are 11th in the Premier League but have only won two matches in all competitions in 2013 – against Reading at home and against Championship side Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.
Ex-England captain David Beckham was embarrassed during his trip to China. Paris St-Germain midfielder Beckham, 37, was wearing a suit as he attempted to display his free-kick taking prowess but slipped as he took the kick and ended up on the turf.
San Marino may be ranked the world’s worst international team, but they proved they are still a proud bunch after their official FA Twitter account ranted at ITV’s coverage of their 8-0 defeat against England.