Football gossip: Giroud, Haaland, Mandžukić, Xhaka, Ibrahimović, Modrić

Football gossip

Borussia Dortmund have joined Inter Milan in wanting to sign Chelsea's out-of-favour France striker Olivier Giroud, 33. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are favourites in the race to sign Red Bull Salzburg's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, who was coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde. (Dagbladet - in Norwegian)external-link

United hope to reach an agreement with Juventus for former Croatia striker Mario Mandžukić, 33, to train with the club next month before a January transfer. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Mandžukić is also on the radar of multiple Major League Soccer clubs. (Calciomercato)external-link

Newcastle United are interested in signing Arsenal's Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 27, on loan in January. (Telegraph)external-link

One of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's issues at the club is the failure to sign Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona in the summer. The 27-year-old ended up joining Bayern Munich on loan. (Sun)external-link

Atletico Madrid are lining up a £35m January move for Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitić, 31. (Movistar, via Mail)external-link

AC Milan are keen to sign Swedish free agent striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, 38, in the January transfer window, but the deal requires the consent of chief executive Ivan Gazidis. (Calciomercato)external-link

David Beckham is hoping to make Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modrić, 34, the first marquee signing for his new Inter Miami franchise. (AS)external-link

The agent of Arsenal's Spain defender Héctor Bellerín says his client, 24, is "seeing how the season goes" at Emirates Stadium after receiving transfer interest from Italy. (Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia)external-link

Juventus could make out-of-favour Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, a reported target for Manchester United, available for a cut-price fee in January. (Calciomercato - in Italian)external-link

Liverpool and Napoli are among the sides tracking Genk's Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge, 21, according to the club's sporting director, Dimitri de Conde. (Radio Punto Nuovo, via Goal)external-link

Napoli stand to lose Albania international Elseid Hysaj, 25, for nothing when his contract expires next June, but they could have received £43m for the right-back from Chelsea last summer, says his agent Mario Giuffredi. (Radio Punto Nuovo via Mail)external-link

League One side Peterborough have placed a £13m asking price on English striker Ivan Toney, 23, who has been linked with Burnley and Bournemouth. (Sun)external-link

Frank Lampard will make another attempt to add Shay Given to his Chelsea coaching staff amid concerns about Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25. (Mail)external-link

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has given approval to sell Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić, 29, in January. (Football Insider)external-link

The 114 Manchester City fans that travelled to Kharkiv for the Champions League game with Shakhtar Donetsk this season have been rewarded with a personal letter from Pep Guardiola and hospitality tickets for the return fixture. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester United are hoping to have France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, back from injury for the derby with Manchester City on 7 December. (Sun)external-link

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing three months on the sidelines for Atletico Madrid, but Los Rojiblancos are not planning to recruit in January, despite the 31-year-old Spain international's expected absence. (Marca)external-link

Another former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba, 41, says he was offered a "perfect" coaching role at the club but rejected a return to Stamford Bridge so he could bid to become the next president of the Ivorian FA. (Metro)external-link

BT Sport has retained the rights to show Champions League football for another three seasons from 2021. (Telegraph)external-link

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