Romelu Lukaku has had a difficult start to his permanent Everton career. By far the club's biggest ever signing at £28m, the 21 year old looked all set to continue his progression on Merseyside and fire Everton to another good Premier League finish.
October is normally a quiet month for transfer rumours. The international break does little to help that and unfortunately there's a swell in the number of less than reliable scoops. The Daily Star hasn't suffered from now quietening of the rumour mill and have instead got themselves a big rumour machine gun which spits stories out with the very slightest touch on the trigger.
Radamel Falcao has impressed whilst on international duty with Colombia and has again been the man the media want to speak to. The Manchester United striker, on loan from Ligue 1's AS Monaco, has spoken of his pride after scoring the opening goal against El Salvador for Colombia. He feels it was important to get that goal and, as ever, is thrilled to represent his country in such a way.
A player who has been perpetually linked with Manchester United over the years? Wesley Sneijder. First it was Sir Alex Ferguson who wanted the Dutch midfielder to fill the Paul-Scholes-shaped hole in his midfield. But that never happened.
Mesut Ozil has been on the receiving end of piles of criticism over the past few months. In Germany, Michael Ballack and others are frequently waiting to put the boot in and the British media are well aware that Ozil sells, whether that be negative news or positive. It's not picking on the German international, he's a big star who came from a huge club for a hefty fee... it comes with the territory.
Ruud Gullit's sexy Chelsea football was, according to the Dutchman, built on solid foundations which enabled the forward players to attack with confidence. In 1996, after Glenn Hoddle left Stamford Bridge to take charge of the England national team, Gullit became a player-manager at Chelsea. In his first season he won the FA Cup, ending a long trophy drought for the club.
There's trouble in paradise at PSG. Earlier this week French newspaper L'Equipe mocked up a front page of what the club would look like if they won the Champions League this season. The trophy was included and it was a case of 'Could this be true?', with the feeling being that this really could be PSG's year.
Manchester City's Ferran Soriano has got himself into a bit of a pickle. Back when he was helping Barcelona more than double their revenues, Soriano was also president of Spanair. The aviation business was one of the major European ones to fall during the financial crisis and subsequent doom.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho yet again appeared on Portuguese TV on Thursday night. He'd been on over the weekend, which is where the Talisca story first started, and it seems to be a recoding with bits which keep coming out. Mourinho's comments have been covered in Spain because much of what he said was about Real Madrid and players there.