Chelsea celebrate 4-0 win over Juventus, Declan Rice wanted across Europe, Newcastle enter Vlahovic race LATEST

CHELSEA smashed four goals past Juventus to remind Europe they are the top dogs and defending Champions League winners.

Thomas Tuchel's side qualified for the last 16 in the process and are in the hat for the draw on December 13.

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

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.

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

  • Dylan Terry

    STERLING RETURN TO LIVERPOOL?

    Former Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson believes his old club should go in for Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.

    The England international's future is currently up in the air after being benched for much of the season so far.

    And Johnson feels a second spell at Anfield could work out for both Sterling and Liverpool.

    He told Betting Odds: “If it’s genuinely between Liverpool and Barcelona then it’s no competition considering where both clubs are at the moment.

    "Liverpool could certainly do with a player like Raheem but he would probably struggle initially to get into their starting XI as both Salah and Mané are on flames at the moment.

    "However, they can’t play 60 games a season each either. There would certainly be an opportunity for Raheem to fight for a space at Liverpool. He’s still a world class player and I’m sure Liverpool would like the chance to re-sign him.”

  • Dylan Terry

    DOUBLE DEAL

    Eddie Howe is keen on bringing Kieran Trippier back to the Premier League in a bid to help him kickstart the St. James' Park revolution.

    Newcastle also want out-of-contract Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel to add some much needed steel in midfield.

    England international Trippier was linked with Manchester United in the summer but a move failed to materialise.

    And now according to the Mirror the Magpies are eyeing a swoop for the 31-year-old Atletico Madrid full-back in January.

    New boss Eddie Howe is targeting players with plenty of character to help his side beat the drop.

    He believes Trippier, who has been capped 35 times by the Three Lions, has what it takes to help steer his side to safety.

    Discussions are reportedly already underway between Toon chiefs and Trippier's representatives.

    Meanwhile 120-cap Belgium international Witsel is out-of-contract in the summer and free to begin negotiations regarding a pre-contract deal from January 1.

    German outlet Sport1 report the player himself is 'open' to a move at the end of what will be four years in the Bundesliga.

  • Dylan Terry

    HAAD BARGAIN

    Borussia Dortmund hope doubling Erling Haaland's wages and delaying his cheap release clause will convince him to stay at the club, according to reports.

    The Norwegian striker, 21, is one of the hottest properties in world football with his brutal goalscoring rate.

    Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are among the European elite fighting over his signature.

    But according to Sky in Germany, Dortmund are preparing to table a new contract for Haaland.

    That offer would see his wages leap from around £145,000 per week to £290,000 per week.

    The report also adds that the release clause in Haaland's current deal – £63million which becomes active next summer – would be postponed by another 12 months.

    That could see Dortmund hold on to the player for an extra year or get a more reasonable transfer fee if they sold him at the end of this season.

  • Dylan Terry

    HEART & SOL

    Michael Carrick dedicated Manchester United's win at Villarreal to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the club legend was sacked at the weekend.

    After the game, Carrick told BT Sport: "We came here to win the game, I believed we would.

    "We were ready and it was a tough game. The boys dug in and showed a little bit of everything.

    "Let’s be honest, I don’t think anyone would have expected to come out here and play pretty football from the word go.

    "When you have suffered results-wise and you’re not in a great vein of form, it’s not easy to come out and let everything click.

    "We had to dig in and we had to fight and it didn’t go our way at times and the game looked like it was drifting away then the subs made a massive impact. The boys gave everything."

  • Dylan Terry

    FAB DISPLAY

    Fabio Capello was blown away by Chelsea's tactics as they gave Juventus a 'lesson in football' in their 4-0 win.

    The Italian said: "I think this was a real lesson in football from Chelsea.

    "Let’s take Liverpool for example, they play aggressively and vertically.

    "And tonight we saw Chelsea press, run and never pass the ball backwards. They never start from the back, instead they are always proactive, always forward, no passes to the goalkeeper.

    "These are rhythms that the Italian league is no longer used to. There is a big difference in speed and quality compared to our league.

    "There is another pressure. Then here are the tackles, you enter hard, the referee does not whistle for fouls that would be whistled here [in Serie A].

    "In Italy you play too much with the goalkeeper. I think they are two German coaches, maybe we need to learn from them and update ourselves.

    "A coach used to say, ‘How you train is you play.’ When there is great intensity and competitive spirit and you are not used to it, it becomes difficult. When you train with not enough rhythm in the end you get these results in Europe."

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Declan Rice isn't only hot property in England, he's also being eyed by a number of top European clubs.

    The 22-year-old West Ham captain has taken his game to another level this season, leading to European juggernauts believing he's the 'real deal', according to Eurosport's Dean Jones.

    Man Utd managerial target Mauricio Pochettino has declared he is 'happy in Paris'.

    Speaking ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's crunch UCL clash against Manchester City, he said: "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.”

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

    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 understands that Liverpool, Leicester and Newcastle have all made contact with the Guinea international’s agent.

    And 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.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOP FORM

    David de Gea pulled off some outstanding saves against Villarreal tonight.

    He also kept a clean sheet, helping confirm United’s place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FEEL THE FERN

    Heading into tomorrow's UCL fixtures, Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes tops the assists charts.

  • Joshua Mbu

    IN THE RON-NING

    Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is the top scorer in the Champions League this season.

    Ajax’s Seb Haller has grabbed seven…. not bad for a man who struggled at West Ham.

    And Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo has bagged SIX crucial goals for the Red Devils.

  • Joshua Mbu

    KANTE BELIEVE IT

    N'Golo Kante is an injury doubt for Chelsea's game against Manchester United after being forced off in tonight's 4-0 win over Juventus, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    And Ben Chilwell could also miss out after limping off with an apparent knee problem.

    Midfielder Kante lasted just 38 minutes in Tuesday's Champions League group stage game, which sealed Chelsea's place in the knockout stages.

    And Chilwell was withdrawn for Cesar Azpilicueta in the 68th minute after a collision while sprinting.

    Kante looked to be moving awkwardly moments before he was taken off by Thomas Tuchel.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BREAKING: BLADES SHOCK

    Sheffield United star John Fleck has been rushed to hospital after collapsing on the pitch in worrying scenes against Reading, writes DAVE FRASER.

    The Blades midfielder, 30, received around TEN MINUTES of urgent medical care on the pitch at the Madejski Stadium.

    Fleck was taken away from the ground in an ambulance in what Sheff Utd called 'concerning moments'.

    The club tweeted: "Concerning moments as urgent medical attention needed for John Fleck.

    "Play is yet to restart but the Scottish midfielder is on his feet and receiving further medical care.

    "Fleck leaves the field on a stretcher after receiving urgent medical care.

    "Our thoughts are with you, Flecky!"

  • Joshua Mbu

    FT AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Here's the results from Tuesday's Champions League fixtures:

    • Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Bayern Munich FT
    • Villarreal 0-2 Man Utd FT
    • Chelsea 4-0 Juventus FT
    • Barcelona 0-0 Benfica FT
    • Sevilla 2-0 Wolfsburg FT
    • Malmo 1-1 Zenit FT
    • Lille 1-0 RB Salzburg FT
    • Young Boys 3-3 Atalanta FT

    UNITED WIN FOR SOLSKJAER

    Man Utd interim manager Michael Carrick dedicated tonight’s 2-0 win over Villarreal to sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho netted to book United’s place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

    He told BT Sport: “We came here to win the game, I believed we would.

    “We were ready and it was a tough game. The boys dug in and showed a little bit of everything.

    “Let’s be honest, I don’t think anyone would have expected to come out here and play pretty football from the word go.

    “When you have suffered results-wise and you’re not in a great vein of form, it’s not easy to come out and let everything click.

    “We had to dig in and we had to fight and it didn’t go our way at times and the game looked like it was drifting away then the subs made a massive impact. The boys gave everything.”

    GUTTED TAV

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell says Nuno Tavares will be ‘gutted’ after his poor performance against Liverpool last weekend.

    The Gunners were brushed aside 4-0 at Anfield, ending their ten-game unbeaten streak.

    On Tavares, Campbell told FootballInsider: “Tavares is going to be gutted.

    “Look, he did not have a great second half. He made a couple of big errors but by and large he did OK. They were elementary mistakes but these things happen.

    “He is playing against [Mohamed] Salah – arguably the hottest player in the world right now. For the [Diogo] Jota goal, he robbed Salah of the ball and then got the simple part wrong – passing to a yellow shirt. Sometimes you cannot legislate for that.

    “That goal made it a mountain to climb. Arsenal just could not hold out.

    “It was painful for Tavares but it should be for everyone. It was a 4-0 defeat.”

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Here's a look at tonight's Champions League scores:

    • Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Bayern Munich FT
    • Villarreal 0-2 Man Utd FT
    • Chelsea 1- Juventus HT
    • Barcelona 0-0 Benfica HT
    • Sevilla 1-0 Wolfsburg HT
    • Malmo 1-0 Zenit HT
    • Lille 1-0 RB Salzburg HT
    • Young Boys 1-1 Atalanta HT
    • Joshua Mbu

      MARC MY WORDS

      Marc Overmars is reportedly unwilling to make the move from Ajax to become Newcastle’s director of football, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

      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.

      Dutch journalist Valentijn Driessen declared last month that the 48-year-old would accept the Magpies’ offer.

      He told Voetbalpraat: “Overmars will go, I think. If he gets the chance, he goes.

      “Overmars has to start in January or February, because he has to put together the squad for the new season.

      “And his successor must do that for Ajax.”

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

    • 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.”

      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.”

      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

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