With the end of another eventful week in the footballing world, it's time to reflect on the latest transfer speculation linking some of the world's finest players with its biggest clubs.
This weekend's edition of World Football's Gossip Roundup sees Tottenham's Gareth Bale, Pescara's Juan Fernando Quintero and Manchester United's heroic shot-stopper David de Gea teased for headline-making moves.
Naturally, such tittle tattle must be taken with a grain of salt, but one never knows which report will turn out to be chicken feed, and which to be genuine gold dust.
But enough metaphors for now, here's a look at the biggest stories from around the globe.
Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale is currently in the midst of a truly landmark season.
His virtuoso performances have alerted fans and pundits alike across Europe to the fact he could soon develop into a talent comparable to the game's best.
It seems former Barcelona manager and the next boss of Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola is well aware of this according to British tabloid Daily Mail, who believe that Bale could soon be the subject of a £50 million bid from the Bundesliga side.
"The Spanish boss is an admirer of the 23-year-old and has been tracking his progress for a long time," the report claims.
In an interview with FC Inter News on Friday, Inter Milan stalwart Esteban Cambiasso has revealed he is desperate to sign a new contract with his current club (h/t Goal.com).
"The president knows that we can sort my contract out in 30 seconds. As has always happened, they’ll call me in and I’ll sign whatever they want me to," he said.
The Argentine midfielder has been with the Nerazzurri since 2004 and has made close to 400 appearances for the side to date.
Cambiasso's contract is due to expire in 2014, but if things go swimmingly, the 32-year-old should remain at the San Siro for several more years to come.
The Rafa Benitez experiment at Stamford Bridge has hardly been going well since the Spaniard replaced Roberto Di Matteo late last year.
The Blues have won only 12 games of 23 since Benitez took over in November, and according to a recent piece in Spanish newspaper El Mercurio, his reign will be a short one (h/t Daily Mail).
With Pep Guardiola and Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp not interested in the job, owner Roman Abramovich may seek to bring current Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini to London in the summer.
Pellegrini's agent Jesus Martinez claims that "Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but nothing else official has been said. Manuel would love to manage in the Premier League."
With Aston Villa currently tumbling down the Premier League table at a fast rate of knots, the club's standout talent Christian Benteke may seek to make a hasty exit this summer, should his side be relegated to the Championship.
According to the beastly striker's agent, several English clubs have expressed an interest in the player (via The Mirror).
"It is normal that if you go to a club and do well, then other clubs will show an interest. If all three parties are agreeable then something could happen," Kismet Eris said.
The Mirror believes that Tottenham Hotspur are the latest side to join an increasingly long list of potential suitors for Benteke.
Pescara youngster Juan Fernando Quintero is one of the most highly rated prodigies playing in Europe.
The Colombian midfielder recently attracted attention from scouts across the continent for his terrific displays in the South America Under-20 Championships, where he was named player of the tournament.
Calcio News revealed on Friday that Quintero is being tracked by some of the biggest clubs on the planet, most notably Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona (h/t Football Italia).
Of course the playmaker still has some way to go before he can be considered worthy for the first teams of the above sides, but if his development continues as planned, great things could lie ahead.
It took a barnstorming performance in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the week for most people to realise what fans of the Red Devils have known for months—that David de Gea should be considered one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet.
With an increase in attention, the Spaniard has been linked with a summer move to Barcelona this past week.
Aware of such speculation, the Blaugrana's Adriano hinted in an interview with Marca that de Gea would be welcome at the Camp Nou (h/t Goal.com).
"De Gea is a great goalkeeper but it's down to Zubi [Andoni Zubizarreta]. I personally really like him as a keeper," he said.
What do you make of the latest transfer speculation in world football?