Football gossip column: Hazard, Bonucci, Neymar, Aubameyang, Barton, Xavi, Bellerin

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Chelsea are willing to offer 25-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard plus cash for Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29. (Sun)

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, will almost certainly leave Manchester United in January, and is interested in a move to the United States or back to Germany, after getting himself fit with extra gym sessions. (Sun)

Chelsea and Manchester City both want Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the 27-year-old still favours a move to Real Madrid. (Don Balon, via Star)

Manchester United and City, as well as Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, were all willing to pay £170m to sign Barcelona striker Neymar, 24, in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via Star)

Barcelona are interested in five defenders, including Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, 21. They are also watching Valencia's Joao Cancelo, 22, Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich, 21, Shakhtar Donetsk's Darijo Srna, 34, and Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner, 32. (Marca)

But Arsenal want to offer Bellerin a new long-term deal to keep him at the club, along with 20-year-old forward Alex Iwobi. (Goal)

Rangers could have to pay off the rest of Joey Barton's £2m contract if they cannot find grounds to sack the 34-year-old midfielder, just months after signing him. (Independent)

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has recommended 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak to both Juventus and Paris St-Germain. (Tuttosport, via Goal)

Napoli are considering free agent strikers Emmanuel Adebayor, 32, Dimitar Berbatov, 35, Marouane Chamakh, 32, and Kevin Kuranyi, 34, to replace the injured Arkadiusz Milik. (Football Italia)

Spain legend Xavi, the Qatar World Cup ambassador, says "everyone loves Scotland" and thinks it is a shame they struggle to qualify for tournaments. (Sun)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino does not think a Great Britain Olympic team would threaten the independent status of the home nations. (Guardian)

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28, was photographed with his agent in Milan this week, causing speculation he could be talking to a Serie A club. (Metro)

Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25, received death threats after pulling out of the Colombia squad because of injury. (Mirror)

Slovenia's squad have released a statement saying Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kevin Kampl, 26, has "deserted" them after pulling out of the squad with exhaustion. They face England on Tuesday. (Mirror)

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, 30, could be out for a month with a knee injury picked up while playing for Spain. (AS)

Turkey midfielder Arda Turan, 29, says Barcelona turned down a bid of £45m for him from an unnamed Chinese club last season. (Beyaz TV, via Daily Mail)

Everton's chief European scout Ian Atkins has left his job to join Championship side Aston Villa as their chief scout and head of European recruitment. (Liverpool Echo)

Slovenia say Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kevin Kampl, 26, "has deserted" the national team after pulling out of the squad to face England on Tuesday. (Daily Express)

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And finally...

Germany's Manuel Neuer is widely considered the world's top goalkeeper - but that did not stop him kicking the ball into his own face as he attempted to get a loose ball out of his net. (ESPN)

Spain's squad surprised Diego Costa with a birthday cake and laptop after a whip-round for the £185,000-a-week Chelsea striker. Insert your own Yaya Toure gag here. (Metro)

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