Friday’s gossip column: Xhaka, Ibrahimovic, Haaland, Aubameyang, Rodriguez

Toolbox midfielder Granit Xhaka might leave the club in January and Newcastle United are prepared to make a move for the 27- year-old Switzerland global. ( Times – subscription needed)

Barcelona have expressed an interest in signing Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, from Arsenal and might make a quote as early as January. ( El Chiringuito via Mirror)

Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 23, is set to hold talks next week over his future at Toolbox. ( Mirror)

Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, could snub interest from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Toolbox and join Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg next summer season. ( Sky Sports)

Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of next season, is open to handling in Italy when his time with the Premier League champions concerns an end. ( Times – subscription required)

Burnley and England U21 winger Dwight McNeil, 19, states he is focusing on his football instead of speculation linking him with Manchester United. ( Mirror)

Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves remain in contention to sign Colombian forward James Rodriguez, 28, from Genuine Madrid in January. ( El Desmarque – in Spanish)

Crystal Palace are keeping track of the progress of Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst, 27, who has scored 8 objectives in 15 appearances for Wolfsburg so far this season. ( Calciomercato – in Italian)

Arsenal will match West Ham in a ₤22 m bid to sign Austria defender Martin Hinteregger, 27, from Eintracht Frankfurt ( Sun)

Bournemouth and Wolves have an interest in finalizing 22- year-old English forward Karlan Grant from Huddersfield in January. ( Sun)

Bayern Munich will not select Arsene Wenger as the club’s brand-new manager despite the previous Arsenal employer revealing his interest in the position in a call with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. ( Sky Sports)

Leicester City supervisor Brendan Rodgers states a fear of competition would not have been behind English striker Jamie Vardy, 32, stagnating to Toolbox when the Gunners made a relocation for him in2016 ( Telegraph)

Southampton protector Cedric Soares says he will leave the club at the end of the season but the Portugal worldwide, 28, desires to conserve them from transfer initially. ( Telegraph)

A previous Manchester United and Juventus scout says he would “bet a pizza” France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, will return to the Italian side. ( Tuttosport, by means of Objective)

Toolbox and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 22, states it is down to the players on the pitch to fix the club’s ongoing problems. ( Telegraph)

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