Chelsea have made moves to secure the £45million signing of Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero, only to be stunned by his wage demands.
£220k-a-week Aguero may have tastes too rich even for Stamford Bridge
Also: Arsene Wenger made three attempts to stop Theo Walcott joining England forthe European Under-21 Championships before accepting defeat.
Walcott defies Wenger to play for England
Barca or bust: Javier Mascherano could leave Liverpool to join European Champions Barcelona
England could play their World Cup clash with Andorra at a half-empty Wembley tonight.
60,000 empty seats to watch Beckham's big return
Also: David Beckham looks set to start his first competitive game for Fabio Capello tonight.
Chelsea are closing in on a £40m deal to sign Argentina superstar Sergio Aguero - the player they regard as the best forward in the world.
Also: Javier Mascherano's agent insists the midfielder wants to quit Liverpool to join European champions Barcelona.
Toure for Javier: Liverpool eye Barca swap
Chelsea target Alexandre Pato wants permission to talk to the Stamford Bridge club.
Blues plot £45m swoop for Pato
Real Madrid's new president Florentino Perez has vowed to pursue Cristiano Ronaldo after claiming the world-record signing of Kaka is just the start of his spending spree.
Perez set to swoop for Ronaldo after landing Kaka
Also: Chelsea are expected to step up their bid to re-sign defender Glen Johnson after he is released from England duty tonight.
Johnson ready to return to the Bridge
David Beckham is in line to start his first competitive international in more than two years against Andorra this evening.
Also: Stephen Ferris was ruled out of the Lions tour last night because of a knee injury - meaning another emergency call for Ryan Jones.
Ditched Wales skipper Jones answers Lions SOS call
Travel plans for England's World Cup qualification tie at home to Andorra tonight may be in chaos, due to the London Underground strike, but Fabio Capello has a coherent plan for his team.
Theo Walcott was so determined to play for England's Under-21s at the European Championship in Sweden that he resisted two attempts from Arsene Wenger, his manager at Arsenal, to persuade him to stand down and rest at home.
Also: Andrew Flintoff could return to first-class cricket as early as tomorrow, 27 days before the Ashes are due to start.
Freddie getting better all the time
The Football Association refused to allow England's 2018 World Cup bid to be damaged by playing tonight's World Cup qualifier against Andorra without fans present despite the prospect of transport chaos around Wembley.
Also: Manchester City will expect Chelsea to pay around £10m for the services of their out-of-contract teenage striker Daniel Sturridge, an indication that City regard the player in the Theo Walcott bracket.
Ancelotti's reign begins by bringing in Sturridge