Gossip column: Hazard, Neymar, Ancelotti, Gomez, Sterling – BBC Sport
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Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid are interested in 24-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, who could cost £80m.
The Blues had a bid of about £25m rejected for Neymar in 2010, when the Brazil forward, now 23, was at Santos. He went on to join Barcelona in 2013 for double that fee.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 52, will not be sacked during the international break after owner Roman Abramovich decided against making a change at this stage of the season.
Manchester City want former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over from Manuel Pellegrini if Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola rejects them.
Ancelotti revealed how he kicked a box at Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head while at Paris St-Germain in a copycat of Sir Alex Ferguson’s flying boot hitting David Beckham at Manchester United.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is more likely to join PSG than Manchester United if he leaves his current club.
(Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter on BBC Radio 5 live)
Fiorentina will allow Manchester United target Mario Gomez, 30, to leave if they receive at least £14m for the Germany striker.
(Radyospor via Turkish-football.com)
England winger Raheem Sterling, 20, says he was right to leave Liverpool for Manchester City in the summer.
Arsenal can sign Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez, 22, if they make an offer of £21.1m.
(Don Balon via Metro)
The Gunners are ready to hand forward Alexis Sanchez, 26, a mid-season break as Arsene Wenger fears the Chilean will suffer from burnout.
QPR striker Charlie Austin, 26, says he is happy at Loftus Road, but has refused to rule out a January move.
Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, 19, could join Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28, at White Hart Lane.
(London Evening Standard)
Liverpool will have to do without defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, until the new year after he was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury.
German football expert Raphael Honigstein told BBC Radio 5 live he believes Borussia Dortmund’s trend of star players leaving for bigger clubs will be broken by striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26.
(BBC Radio 5 live)
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, 30, is facing five months out following foot surgery.
American billionaire Josh Harris is set to buy an 18% stake in Crystal Palace.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring Sunderland’s 21-year-old goalkeeper Jordon Pickford.
Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is a big favourite to replace the sacked Gary Bowyer as Blackburn Rovers boss.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, on loan at AC Milan, is set to be ruled out for two months because he needs groin surgery.
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Labour leader and Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn has told a BBC interview that the Gunners can win the Premier League this season, saying: “In Arsene Wenger we trust.”
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A professional female player silenced women’s football critics – by disguising herself as a man during a match and running rings around her opponents.
Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, 21, has hired a chef at home to ensure he is eating properly, after putting on five pounds since joining from PSV Eindhoven.
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