Apparently Barcelona are "crying foul" over interest in one of their top academy players, Antonio Sanabria , from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. Well, of course they are! Barcelona, we know, cry foul over everything: if they are chasing a game or protecting a lead, then to jump for the ball with them is to elbow them in the face, to rebuke them is to headbutt them, and to dispossess them is to try to dismember them. When it comes to Barça, the beauty of their play is matched only by the ugliness of their play-acting. Their relentless, shameless play-acting. They are not alone in that – Real Madrid's attempt to outdo them routinely makes El Clásico unwatchable – but they do do it. A lot.

So maybe Sanabria is better off away from the Camp Nou. Or maybe not. Either way, all Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool care about is themselves – we all have that in common at least – and they want the gifted 17-year-old Paraguayan schemer. That's Sanabria, in case you're having trouble keeping up. He has a £2.7m buyout clause in his contract and Barça are not allowed to offer him a better deal until he turns 18, but English clubs can do so before then, leading to fears that Sanabria could go the way of Cesc Fábregas. Or Fran Merida.

Meanwhile, Barcelona want to lure Atlético Madrid's Koke to put more fizz into their midfield but those dastardly Britishers want to ruin that plan too, as Liverpool and Manchester United are also nosing around Koke. If Barça miss out, they'll try to take it out on Chelsea by luring Ramires away.

Brendan Rodgers features in the transfer gossip almost as much as he appears on the radio. Not only are Liverpool said to be pursuing all Barça's targets, but they're also reported to be monitoring events at Real, albeit with a view to bringing Xabi Alonso back to Anfield – and on a free transfer, to boot. Chelsea and Manchester United are also keen.

United and Liverpool may also do battle for Nigeria's tidy 20-year-old midfielder Ogenyi Onazi , who is currently flaunting his stuff at Lazio, attracting wolf-whistles from Everton and Fiorentina too.

Milan have seen something exciting at Tottenham Hotspur this season, which suggests they have not been paying attention. Still, the Italians are considering returning to White Hart Lane, with an offer for Nacer Chadli .

The Queens Park Rangers outcast Julío César is enjoying a nice long rest before the World Cup in his homeland. On the off-chance that he fancies playing before then, Manchester City may try to pick him up on a free transfer in January.

If the recent south Wales derby is anything to go by, there will be mightily hyped-up promises of a deep and far-reaching debate before Swansea City forget what they were going to say and allow Cardiff to persuade Thomas Ince to sign from Blackpool. Swansea also like the look of the Gil Vicente winger Diogo Viana and so does their former manager, Roberto Martínez, leading to suggestions that Everton may fork out around £5m to get him.

Finally, Tim Cahill could be punching a corner flag near you soon as he seeks a loan move to the Premier League to keep up his fitness while New York Red Bulls are out of season.