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Sky Sports sources understand Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are leading the chase to sign Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in January.
Arsenal will face holders Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Manchester City take on Barcelona.
Schalke moved back up to sixth in the Bundesliga on Sunday evening thanks to a 2-0 win over Freiburg.
Fear is rising in northern Germany that Hamburg will be on a hiding to nothing this weekend when they travel to face a Bayern Munich side wounded by Manchester City in midweek.
A representative of Kevin De Bruyne has told Cologne-based tabloid EXPRESS that he is to meet with Chelsea officials amid mounting interest from Germany.
Schalke secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday evening with two second-half strikes earning a 2-0 home victory over 10-man Basel.
Basel set off for Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday with the aim of continuing their European adventure by getting the point they need against Schalke on Wednesday to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has rejected the notion that his team took their DFB-Pokal tie with Hoffenheim too lightly last week.
Bayern Munich gave a fearsome demonstration of the breathtaking array of attacking talent at their disposal as they thrashed Werder Bremen 7-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Borussia Monchengladbach made it six wins in a row as they saw off Schalke 2-1 at the Borussia Park Stadion.
Werder Bremen will on Saturday become the latest side trying to end Bayern Munich's record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga when they go head to head with the European champions at the Weserstadion.
Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones says that he is unsure on his future, but insists he is happy at his current club.
Schalke were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal by Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 to end hopes of reaching the final of a competition they won two years ago.
Schalke are delighted to have persuaded starlet Max Meyer to sign a long-term contract with the club.
Schalke are still going to consider buying defender Dennis Aogo on a permanent basis from Hamburg, in spite of a serious knee injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.
Jefferson Farfan inspired Schalke to their 10th point in the last four games with a brace in a 3-0 win over Stuttgart.
The contrasting fortunes in northern Germany move into focus at the weekend, with one club currently towering over the rest and keen to assert their authority on Friday night.
Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones has stated that he is relaxed on his future and is not expecting to make a quick decision.
Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt is confident his side will know how to cope with the pressure after setting up a final day battle with Basel for a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Schalke slipped up in their bid to move one step closer to qualification from Champions League Group E after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Steaua Bucharest.