Declan Rice wanted across Europe, Newcastle enter Vlahovic race, Southgate contract, Chelsea transfer news LATEST

Declan Rice wanted across Europe, Newcastle enter Vlahovic race, Southgate contract, Chelsea transfer news LATEST

CHELSEA return to Champions League action tonight as they welcome Juventus to Stamford Bridge.

Romelu Lukaku is on the bench alongside Timo Werner as Thomas Tuchel's men target three more points.

Meanwhile across London, Declan Rice is reportedly being targeted by a number of European giants.

Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract with England, keeping him in the job until after Euro 2024.

The Three Lions boss has done a top job since taking the post in 2016 and will now lead England at the World Cup in 2022 and the Euros.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have reportedly joined the race to sign £70m Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic.

Newcastle are also putting their January transfer plans into place, with reports linking them to Inter's Marcelo Brozovic and Bayern Munich's Niklas Sule.

We've also the very latest on Chelsea's transfer plans, while Romelu Lukaku is a major doubt for the clash with Juventus.

Get all the latest football news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘HAPPY IN PARIS’ 

    Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he is ‘very happy at Paris Saint-Germain’ amid Manchester United rumours – but refused to rule out a move to Old Trafford, writes DAVE FRASER.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning just hours after the 4-1 humiliation at Watford.

    On the rumours linking him with United, Pochettino said: “I’m very focused on football.

    “I’m, not a child, I’ve spent my whole life playing football and spent 12 years as a coach – I know rumours will always be there.

    “Sometimes positive and negative. But they cannot distract you. That’s football.

    “We are focused 100 per cent to get the best result we can. So we can’t talk about that.

    “I respect my club, PSG. What other clubs are doing is not my problem. I need to focus on PSG.

    “I was a player here and love the club and fans. It’s a fantastic time to be at the club.

    “Football is today, not tomorrow. Football is about results… two years ago, we left Tottenham and a few weeks before there were a lot of rumours about us and look what happened.

    “It’s about winning. It’s about the results.

    “My contract is until 2023 – this season and one more. I don’t say anything different.

    “I’m happy in Paris – that’s a fact. I’m happy in Paris.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    FT IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    There were two early kick-offs in the Champions League tonight.

    • Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Bayern Munich
    • Villarreal 0-2 Man Utd

    And there's a whole load of other games that kick-off in the competition in a matter of minutes!

    • Chelsea vs Juventus
    • Barcelona vs Benfica
    • Sevilla vs Wolfsburg
    • Malmo vs Zenit
    • Lille vs RB Salzburg
    • Young Boys vs Atalanta

    RICE RICE BABY

    Declan Rice is now attracting interest from top clubs across Europe as well as England.

    The 22-year-old holding midfielder has taken his game to another level this season after the Euro 2020 heartbreak with England.

    Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have all registered an interest in Rice.

    But now it appears he's attracting suitors from abroad.

    And if West Ham wanted to tie Rice down, it would risk putting themselves into financial trouble.

    Eurosport's Dean Jones said on The Done Deal Show: "There’s not anything particular in terms of talks, but basically, if West Ham are going to keep Declan Rice, they’ve got to almost put the club in financial trouble, because it’s such a big deal to now sign Declan Rice.

    “Every big club in the Premier League wants him. There are even clubs, I’m told, abroad that are starting to look at him as the real deal.

    "I think personally, he will stay in the Premier League anyway, so I don’t think that’ll come into the question.”

    • Joshua Mbu

      AP-PAUL-LED

      Paul Scholes has sensationally claimed the ENTIRE Manchester United backroom staff should have been sacked alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, writes DAVE FRASER.

      The Norwegian, 48, was axed on Sunday morning just hours after the 4-1 mauling at Watford.

      Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Villarreal on BT Sport, a fuming Scholes said: “Will they be any better tonight?

      “It’s the same people running the team. It’s the same people who have been given massive responsibility every single week to put that team on the pitch.

      “Arguably it’s more Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick who have been preparing the team.

      “Ole gave them the responsibility to do that. So how that changes, I don’t know…

      “I would be embarrassed being on the staff now after what happened to Ole.

      “They all should have gone, sacked or gone off their own back.

      “They were part of Ole’s team. Ole trusted them each week to prepare a team for games.

      “They have let the club down – and the players down – just as much as Ole has.

      “I just think, if I was in their position now, I’d be feeling guilty still working at this football club after Ole put so much trust in them.”

    • Joshua Mbu

      EXCLUSIVE: CAM AND GET HIM

      Liverpool, Leicester and Newcastle are keeping tabs on Olympiacos wonderkid Aguibou Camara, writes KOSTAS LIANOS.

      Camara, 20, has been a revelation in Piraeus since joining the Greek champions from Lille last summer and has put together a series of impressive performances in the Europa League and Superleague.

      The versatile midfielder, who can also play on the wing, has already amassed five goals and two assists in 17 appearances across all competitions – and helped Pedro Martins' side beat AEK Athens on Sunday's local derby with a screamer.

      SunSport understand that Liverpool, Leicester and Newcastle have all made contact with the Guinea international's agent.

      And people close to the playmaker expect him to move to the Premier League by next summer.

    • Joshua Mbu

      HT SCORES

      There's two early kick-offs in the Champions League tonight.

      • Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Bayern Munich
      • Villarreal 0-0 Man Utd

      And there's a number of other UCL fixtures kicking off at 8PM UK time.

      • Chelsea vs Juventus
      • Barcelona vs Benfica
      • Sevilla vs Wolfsburg
      • Malmo vs Zenit
      • Lille vs RB Salzburg
      • Young Boys vs Atalanta

      REF TAKES KLOPP’S SIDE

      Former referee Keith Hackett believes Sadio Mane’s challenge on Takehiro Tomiyasu was not a red card.

      The challenge dragged both managers into a war of words on the touchline.

      Hackett told the FootballInsider: “The Tomiyasu challenge was what sparked the incident in the technical areas.

      “Again I thought Michael Oliver got it right. I didn’t see that as a serious foul play challenge. I thought it was reckless.

      “Yes, it’s a fine line but for me it was reckless. I think the match officials get it right.

      “It’s good to praise a match official when they get it right.”

      ON THE HEAD

      Kalvin Phillips needed treatment for a head injury after an accident in a London nightclub, it has been claimed, writes JACK FIGG.

      The Leeds squad stayed in the capital after their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday and visited the popular Cirque Le Soir.

      But according to The Telegraph, Phillips caught his head and required treatment for what was described as a 'graze that caused a cut'. 

      He was assessed by Leeds’ club doctor and passed fit to train as scheduled on Tuesday.

      It makes him available for their trip to Brighton on Saturday, as they sit 17th, just two points above the relegation zone.

      Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa gave the green light for his players to enjoy a night out.

      After all, they all missed out on a Christmas party last season due to coronavirus restrictions.

      KICK-OFF NEARS

      Play will be underway in Spain shortly, and if you can’t catch the game live, SunSport has you covered.

      A loss for United could put them in danger of finishing third, if results go against them elsewhere.

      You can follow our dedicated live match blog by clicking the link below.

      ⚽ Read our dedicated live match blog for Manchester United vs Villarreal to keep up to date with all the latest goals and drama

      • Joshua Mbu

        BREAKING: GAME ON

        Manchester United are reportedly in talks with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde to take charge as interim manager, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

        The Guardian claims the tactician is already been asked about potential transfers in January.

        And United’s board reckon he would be a great coach for Cristiano Ronaldo after working well with Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

        It’s claimed Valverde has held talks with United sporting director John Murtough just days after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

        Michael Carrick will lead the Red Devils in tonight’s Champions League clash against Villarreal.

        But Valverde is now being lined up to take charge of United until a permanent hire is made next summer.

        The Spaniard managed Barca between 2017 and 2020, winning two LaLiga titles and one Copa del Rey.

      • Joshua Mbu

        BEEK STREAK

        Donny van de Beek will finally get to start for Manchester United in their Champions League clash against Villarreal this evening.

        De Beek hardly got a look in under ex-United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was sacked on the weekend.

        But Michael Carrick is willing to put his faith in the Dutchman in his first game as interim boss.

        1 De Gea; 29 Wan-Bissaka, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire, 27 Alex Telles; 39 McTominay, 17 Fred; 25 Sancho, 34 Van de Beek, 9 Martial; 7 Ronaldo.

      • Justin Lawrence

        RODGER THAT

        Former Liverpool ace Glen Johnson reckons Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers would be a good fit for Manchester United.

        Rodger's has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as a replacement for ex-United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

        However, Johnson isn't sure if United's big names such as Cristiano Ronaldo will want to take orders from the ex-Liverpool head coach.

        Johnson told Betting Odds: “Brendan would be a good fit but I don’t know how Brendan feels. He’s obviously not from Liverpool and whether Manchester United are struggling or not, they’re still a massive club so it would be hard for a ‘neutral’ manager to turn down”

        “I think Brendan plays good football and he would certainly get the players playing. But whether the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo buy into that and everything he’s going to do, I’m not so sure”

        “I think they need a manager who’s worked with big names and big clubs in the past”

      • Justin Lawrence

        SILVA LINING

        Manchester City star Bernado Silva has credited boss Pep Guardiola for making him a better player every year.

        Silva's gone from strength to strength since joining City in 2017, and he revealed that Pep is a major factor in his progress.

        Silva told the club: "Here at Manchester City, I feel like a better player every year, mainly because of how I understand the game, of how I understand what is needed for each phase of the game."

        “Sometimes the team needs to speed up the game and having a coach like Pep, who likes to control the rhythm of the game by dominating possession, drives us all to win every year.”

      • Justin Lawrence

        COR BLIMEY

        Bayern Munich have reportedly docked the wages of five isolating players who refused to get coronavirus vaccines.

        Bild claims Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance have been informed their pay will be withheld for every match and training session missed while self-isolating.

        The Bayern quintet have all apparently turned down the offer of a jab.

        And they are now in quarantine after being exposed to Covid over the weekend.

        Germany is in the grips of a fourth wave with infection levels soaring, and has one of Western Europe’s lowest vaccination rates.

        Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge now hopes the decision to dock wages will force the club’s sceptical players to get jabbed.

        He said: “Everyone has tried to sort out the non-vaccination issue and find a solution.

        “That didn’t work out. Maybe it will work now.”

      • Justin Lawrence

        BACK ONLINE

        Jack Grealish has resurfaced despite sitting out Manchester City’s clash with Everton after picking up a knock on international duty.

        The England star had been keeping a low profile while his name hit the headlines when his love triangle drama emerged in The Sun.

        He remained tight-lipped on his social media accounts as reports connected him to a series of glamorous women.

        But the 26-year-old broke cover on Sunday when he posted a clip on Instagram from the Etihad stands… with three blue love hearts.

        Grealish watched on as City trounced Everton 3-0 to go second in the Premier League.

      • Justin Lawrence

        FEELING BLUE

        James Rodriguez debuted a shock new turquoise hairstyle – much to the amusement of fellow football stars.

        The ex-Everton and Real Madrid playmaker unveiled the electric new look on his social media accounts.

        And footballing pals couldn’t wait to let him know what they thought of his colourful barnet.

        Fellow Colombia international Radamel Falcoa replied simply: “What happened there?!”

        Ex-Monaco team-mate Joao Moutinho likened him to Dragon Ball Z character Goku – famed for his changing hair colour.

        And Ex-Bayern Munich colleague Arturo Vidal commented with a brutal combination of shocked and laughing emojis.

      • Justin Lawrence

        DIMITRI DISTRESS

        Dimitri Payet admitted he is 'afraid to take corners' ever again after a Lyon yob threw a bottle at his head.

        The Marseille star, 34, was heading over to take the set piece just four minutes into Sunday evening's Ligue 1 game.

        But a full bottle of water smashed him across the face, leaving him needing medical treatment.

        As reported by L'Equipe, Payet filed a charge of 'aggravated willful violence' against the supporter.

        Police visited the Marseille training ground on Monday to take the ex-West Ham man's statement.

        He told the authorities: "We had just started the match when I received a full plastic water bottle at the level of the skull and more precisely at the level of the left ear.

        "I immediately felt a sharp pain and fell to the ground. I was stunned.

        "I don't know where the bottle came from. I did not see the perpetrator. 

        "I stayed several minutes on the ground, the pain was intense.

        "I am now afraid of taking corners when I play away."

      • Justin Lawrence

        POWER SERG

        Sergio Ramos's Paris Saint-Germain career could finally be about to get underway.

        The defender has been crocked with a calf injury since moving to the Ligue 1 leaders last summer.

        The ex-Real Madrid star is yet to make an appearance in Mauricio Pochettino’s star-studded side.

        But that could finally be about to change after he was named in the squad to face Manchester City on Wednesday.

        Ramos made a whopping 671 appearances during a 16-year spell at Real.

        He moved to the French capital this summer alongside other blockbuster signings such as Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

      • Justin Lawrence

        NO WORDS

        Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was lost for words when asked for his opinion on Manchester United’s manager debacle.

        Ex-United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the sack on the weekend and the Red Devils have been linked with a string of names like Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane.

        But when asked who he thinks will get the United vacant position, Klopp had nothing to say, insisting that the Red Devils were the last thing on his mind.

        He said: “Sorry, I’m really not prepared for that question. I didn’t think about Man Utd for a second and I didn’t think about what impact the manager has, should have or whatever.

        “It’s six years since I had to think about these kind of things, sorry. It was a long question and I don’t have an answer for that.”

      • Justin Lawrence

        FAMILY PLANNING

        John Terry revealed the brilliant advice Dean Smith gave him after hammering a player struggling with secret family issues.

        Terry, 40, was Smith's assistant for three years at Aston Villa before leaving the role in the summer.

        JT learnt a lot from the new Norwich boss, especially when it came to man management, as he takes his own steps towards becoming a No1 in the dugout.

        The Chelsea legend appeared as a pundit on beIN Sports and recalled the classy story.

        "I won’t name the player but [I was] working as an assistant at Aston Villa under Dean, who thinks about the players constantly, the lads love him and it’s obviously a shame he lost his job.

        “We were training and I wasn’t happy with one particular player. I kind of dug him out and had a one-on-one.

        “I said to the gaffer, ‘I’m not happy’. He said, ‘OK, explain it to him.’

        "I sat him down and basically went mad at him. I said, ‘Not good enough, you’re not in the team, that’s not going to get you in the team performing like that.’

        “He came back, we had a little debate. I told the manager and he said, 'Have you asked him about his family life?’

        “It didn’t even enter my head, not at all. The next morning, I texted him and said, ‘Get in early, we’ll have a bit of breakfast.’

        “It was during Covid, his family were away, he’d not seen his mum and dad, he’d just had a baby and I was like, ‘Wow.’ I learnt so much working under Dean for those little bits.

        “We ended up giving him a day off so he could spend time with his family.

        “It was incredible – after that he was like a new player, fighting to get back in the team. Again, it’s man management.

        “You need a touch nowadays, a soft side.”

      • Justin Lawrence

        POR BLIMEY

        Man City's forgotten man Pedro Porro is being chased by Real Madrid, according to reports.

        The full-back, 22, has never played for City's first team since joining for £11million from Girona in 2019.

        He has spent all of his time out on loan, first at Real Valladolid, before agreeing a two-year switch to Sporting Lisbon last year.

        Porro has impressed in Portugal, with Sporting possessing an option to make the deal permanent for around £7m.

        According to O Jogo, however, they are struggling to raise the funds to meet City's asking price.

        Also complicating matters is interest from Real Madrid.

      • Justin Lawrence

        HELP TO BUY 

        Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has made a public promise to new boss Antonio Conte – despite revealing the huge cost of Covid.

        With a small number of fans allowed in to just two Prem games last season, Spurs saw gate income fall by more than £92million to less than £2m.

        The N17 clubs missed out on around £6m in income for every home game played behind closed doors, contributing to a total revenue fall of £60m – to £362m – and losses of £80m.

        But in his chairman’s message published alongside the official financial results, Levy referred to the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo, appointment of Italian Conte and the club’s ambitions.

        Levy said: “It is far from ideal to make changes to coaching staff.

        “However, we have acted swiftly and decisively when we felt it necessary, always looking to act in the best interests of the Club.

        “The appointments of Fabio Paratici as managing director of football and Antonio are a clear demonstration of our intent and ambition.

        “Since opening the stadium in April, 2019, we have spent almost £400m on players.

        “Player spending is no guarantee of success, and our focus must be on improved recruitment, coaching, fitness and a competitive mindset.

        “Fabio continued the rebuild in the summer, resulting in the average age of our new summer signings being 22 years compared to the average age of 31 years for the outgoing players.

        “We shall also look to continue the well-established path for youngsters from our Academy to our First Team.

        “I know that Antonio’s approach is if a player is good enough, he will play, regardless of status or age.”

      • Justin Lawrence

        MARC MY WORDS 

        Marc Overmars is reportedly unwilling to make the move from Ajax to become Newcastle's director of football.

        The Arsenal legend, who won the Premier League and FA Cup in the 1997-98 season, has been linked with relocating to Tyneside following the club's £300million takeover.

        But according to De Telegraaf, Overmars will NOT be joining Newcastle any time soon, as he 'isn't interested' in the job.

        They have even stated that the former Barcelona winger has not taken up the Toon's invite to have a conversation with him.

      • Justin Lawrence

        HOME GROWN

        Pau Torres refused to give up on Villarreal despite multi-million pound interest from Tottenham this summer.

        The defender was a top target in North London as Spurs looked to rebuild under then-manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

        But the 24-year-old has revealed the prospect of playing in Europe with his boyhood club was enough for him to snub a Premier League move.

        He told the Guardian: “The pull of playing the Champions League with the team from my town was bigger. I was clear from the start.

        “This is only the fourth time Villarreal reached the Champions League, which shows how hard it is and it was a dream to play the competition with my lifelong club.

        “The president didn’t put pressure on me, even though they could make a lot of money.

        “He always said “the decision’s yours,” that he’d respect it. I appreciate that.”

      • Justin Lawrence

        NOT THE BEST

        Mo Salah's still got a long way to go before he can be called the best player in the world, according to ex-Manchester United star Kleberson.

        Salah's scintillating form for Liverpool this season has seen critics label him the world's best.

        But Kleberson's not convinced the Egyptian's done more than the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar to be given the accolade.

        He told Paddy Power: “Mohamed Salah isn’t the best player in the world, but he’s been consistently brilliant.

        "For a long time now, he’s played excellent football. He certainly isn’t a one season wonder and I can understand why Jürgen Klopp called him the best in Europe.

        “Beside Salah, Liverpool have a good team that provides great support, and he looks happy there.

        "Things are going well for Salah, but he’s not the best player in the world right now.

        "For me, it’s tough to say who is the world’s best player because I measure it by those who play well for club and country."

        “Football has changed a lot. For many years, we had Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and sometimes Neymar, but there's no one who has shown more than they have.”

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