Wednesday's gossip column: Haaland, Xhaka, Mbappe, McNeil

Football gossip

Red Bull Salzburg have put an £86m asking price on 19-year-old Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are both interested in signing Haaland. (Marca - in Spanish)external-link

Italian champions Juventus sent scouts to watch Haaland against Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Calciomercato)external-link

Arsenal could look to sell Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka in January after the 27-year-old was stripped of the captaincy. (Mirror)external-link

Leicester City are interested in Club Bruges and Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, who could cost £20m. (Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says it is Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe's dream to play for the Bernabeu club. (AS - in Spanish)external-link

Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Burnley's England Under-21 winger Dwight McNeil, 19 - having released him from their youth set-up five years ago. (Sun)external-link

Aston Villa will turn down any offer made by United for Scottish midfielder John McGinn, 25. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri would be perfect for Manchester United, says Italian World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi. (Mail)external-link

Alternatively, Allegri would be the right choice for Bayern Munich, says former striker Luca Toni. (Sport1, via Goal)external-link

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he would be interested in the vacant Bayern job. (Bein Sports)external-link

Stoke City have made a move for Scotland manager Steve Clarke, who only took charge of his national team in May. (Sun)external-link

Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount, 20, has played down comments from former team-mate Mitchell van Bergen that he could join Real Madrid or Barcelona. (Express)external-link

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wanted to sign Paris St-Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, 27, and Real Madrid's 26-year-old France defender Raphael Varane before he stepped away from the club's recruitment strategy. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Wolves and Bournemouth are interested in signing Huddersfield Town's former England Under-19 striker Karlan Grant, 22, in January. (Sun)external-link

Real Madrid have held talks with Napoli's Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, 23, over a potential move to the Bernabeu next season. (ESPN)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy with Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen's commitment, despite the 27-year-old being linked with a move away from the club. (Football London)external-link

Arsenal should "break the bank" to bring Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers to the club, says former Gunners player Paul Merson. (Sky Sports)external-link

Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 26, is doing "everything" to make his loan move at Paris St-Germain from Inter Milan permanent. (RMC - in French)external-link

Barcelona will watch Bayer Leverkusen's Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, in Wednesday's Champions League game against Atletico Madrid. (ESPN)external-link

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, reportedly a target for Aston Villa, says he has had no contact with any club but the Colombian, 23, added: "Many teams would be offering a good amount of money for me." (Antena 2, via Birmingham Mail)external-link

Sam Allardyce says he missed out on signing Leicester City's 32-year-old former England striker Jamie Vardy from Fleetwood Town for £1m when he was West Ham United manager. (Talksport)external-link

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