Chelsea want FIVE defenders, Barcelona want Azpilicueta transfer, Liverpool thrash Everton, Barbosa Prem link – updates

CHELSEA remain top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road last night

But there were worrying scenes from the terraces early in the contest with the match suspended for 35 minutes while a supporter was given CPR.

In the Merseyside derby, Jurgen Klopp's side showed no mercy on out-of-form Everton as Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory over their big rivals.

And the agent of Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa has shot down rumours linking the Brazilian to the Premier League.

Arsenal have been linked with the 25-year-old, but the star striker is said to 'very happy' in Brazil.

JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)

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

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAV AT IT

    Edinson Cavani reportedly 'wants' a move to Barcelona at the end of the season.

    His current Manchester United deal expires in the summer, and he has ambitions of playing in La Liga before calling time on his career.

    The Uruguay international believes he still has two years left at the top level, and wants to link up with Xavi at Barcelona according to The Times.

    Cavani joined the Red Devils in 2020 and signed a one-year extension in the summer.

    But he seems unlikely to put pen-to-paper on another extension at Old Trafford with a move to Barcelona on the cards.

    And with cash-strapped Barca targeting low-cost transfers, the free signing of Cavani is an attractive prospect.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BOU RADLEY

    Former Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has spoken of how injuries ruined Abou Diaby’s career.

    The ex-midfielder was tipped to be the next Patrick Vieira, only for injuries to cruelly rob him of the chance to become a Gunners legend.

    Diaby, 35, suffered a serious ankle injury against Sunderland in May 2006, before then picking up further knocks to his knee, thigh and groin.

    He was limited to just 180 appearances from his nine-year stay in North London, with the player forced to hang up his boots aged 32.

    Discussing the towering central midfielder, Sagna told SunSport: “Abou was amazing.

    “Fearless with a huge amount of talent but his injury finished it off because he dislocated his ankle.

    “Then after that he was compensating from somewhere else, and he never managed to get back to what he was. He became fragile. An unlucky player but he was brilliant.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAUL SHOCKER

    Thomas Tuchel has admitted he 'doesn't know' what's next for Saul Niguez after another shocking Chelsea showing.

    The deadline day loan signing was gifted a rare appearance against Watford with Jorginho out injured, but was hooked at half time by Tuchel.

    Tuchel said: "I don’t know where he goes from this performance but he was on a yellow card so we had two options.

    "We could have taken Marcos [Alonso] off who also had a yellow card and try Saul as a wing-back.

    "I had this in my mind before the game, if something happened to Marcos.

    "But I thought maybe it was not the right match to try things with new positions so it was [subbing] him to change the shape a little bit and have Thiago on the pitch with his organising.

    "Having Trevoh [Chalobah] on the number six who is more physical – unfortunately Trevoh injured himself and we ended up with Ruben on the single six. But it was a tactical decision."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SPURRED ON

    Yaya Toure is spending time at Tottenham's academy as he works his way towards earning his coaching badges.

    The Manchester City great has previously coached in Russia, but is now back in the UK and in the process of earning his UEFA A-Licence.

    Toure, 38, lives in Hampstead and wanted to find a club close to home to work with, according to the Evening Standard.

    After an induction on Wednesday the former Ivory Coast midfielder will spend a couple of days a week working with Spurs' youth prospects at their Enfield training ground.

    The three-time Premier League winner is reportedly open to a more formal role with the club though should he be offered one.

    He will not be involved with Antonio Conte and the Tottenham first team who train in a separate part of the training ground.

    Instead he will link up with academy manager Dean Rastrick and head of youth coaching Chris Powell.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FAN FURY

    Seamus Coleman and several other Everton fans were confronted by an angry pitch invader after they were hammered at home by Liverpool.

    The Blues had a night to forget as Jurgen Klopp’s side ran riot at Goodison Park and beat their Merseyside rivals 4-1.

    That result piled even more pressure on Toffees boss Rafa Benitez with many supporters leaving early as their team crumbled away on the pitch.

    However, seconds after the full-time whistle, one individual who did stay decided to dart past stewards and get onto the grass himself to make his feelings known.

    Midfielder Anthony Gordon, 20, came face-to-face with the male before Seamus Coleman and Abdoulaye Doucoure came over to their young team-mate.

    The man continued to vent his fury at the players for several seconds as other supporters also attempted to encroach on the pitch as stewards eventually managed to restore order.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    The agent of Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa has shot down rumours linking the Brazilian to the Premier League.

    Arsenal have been linked with the 25-year-old, but journalist Jorge Nicola has seemingly put those rumours to bed after speaking to Gabigol’s agent Junior Pedroso.

    Pedroso said: “Only us from 4ComM and Gabriel’s father can speak on behalf of the athlete. And there is absolutely nothing with Premier League or any other league at the moment.

    “He is focused solely on playing for Flamengo, because he is very happy at the club.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROO BEAUTY

    Chelsea are competing with some of Europe's top clubs to land Copenhagen wonderkid Roony Bardghji, according to reports.

    The Swedish winger, 16, is on the Blues' radar after already breaking into his side's first-team.

    But Thomas Tuchel's men will have stiff competition.

    According to reporter Ekrem Konur, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax are also interested in signing Bardghji.

    The wing wizard began the season playing for Copenhagen's Under-19 side.

    But after four goals in nine appearances, he was promoted to the first-team.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PEP TALK

    Man City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed Bernardo Silva is the best player in the Premier League after his stunning goal against Aston Villa.

    The Portuguese maestro put his side 2-0 up at Villa Park with a sumptuous volley on the stroke of half-time.

    Asked if his attacking midfielder is among the league's best performers, he purred: "The best. When we made 98 points two or three years ago, he was the best, too. Take the videos and you will see.

    "It was an incredible finish. The goal was good, it was quick. To beat them was an incredible step for us.

    "The performance, 90 minutes, it was exceptional, the way we start the game. Villa have everything and the way we behaved today was really really good.

    "Villa are a top side with an incredible players and the manager on the touchline."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PROGRESS

    Man Utd have announced the make-up of their Fans Advisory Board in the wake of protests at Old Trafford last season.

    There are seven fan representatives in the group which will be co-chaired by barrister and lifelong United fans Christopher Saad and the club’s Group Managing Director Richard Arnold.

    The group was set up to ensure better fan representation with major decisions made by the club.

    The attempt to breakaway into a European Super League caused mass protests last season which saw the club’s home game with Liverpool last May postponed.

    Two members of the already established Fans’ Forum, Ian Stirling and Rick McGagh, have been appointed to the board along with Manchester United Supporters Trust Chair Jonathan Deitch and it’s Chief Executive Duncan Drasdo.

    The other fan places will be taken by Deborah Henry, Chair of the Manchester United Women’s Supporters’ Club, and communications consultant Oli Winton.

    Dave Pennington, a retired senior civil servant and another MUST board member has been named as special advisor to the co-Chairs.

  • Etienne Fermie

    OVERNIGHT ROUND-UP

    Michael Carrick will take charge of Manchester United for a third huge game in a row tonight as new interim boss Ralf Rangnick waits for his visa issues to be resolved.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is tipped for a recall as ninth-placed United host on-fire Arsenal, while Tottenham entertain Brentford in this evening's other match.
    Prem top three Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all won away last night.

    Mason Mount hit the opener and teed up sub  Hakim Ziyech 's  winner as Chelsea beat Watford 2-1 in a game halted for 32 minutes by a medical emergency in the crowd.

    Ruben Dias and a sensational volley from Bernardo Silva sealed Steven Gerrard’s first defeat as Aston Villa boss as City also triumphed 2-1.

    And Mo Salah's double led Liverpool's 4-1 win to continue Everton's slump with Rafa Benitez's first Merseyside loss on the Toffees' side.

    Elsewhere, Neal Maupay's spectacular late overhead kick rescued a 1-1 draw for ten-man Brighton at West Ham.

    Leicester twice came from behind in a 2-2 stalemate at Southampton.

    And Burnley stopped Wolves moving fifth with a stubborn 0-0 draw at Molineux.

    Off the pitch, Barcelona are reportedly ready to swoop for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

    And it's claimed the Blues could target FIVE defenders – Jules Kounde, Attila Szalai, Marquinhos, Niklas Sule and Pau Torres.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CONTE: MY TOUGHEST JOB

    Antonio Conte says managing Tottenham is the biggest challenge of his career.

    The Italian insists Spurs are having to start again as the team they have now is at a “medium level”.

    Conte and his players are still reeling from last Thursday’s embarrassing Europa Conference League loss away to Slovenian minnows NS Mura.

    The former Chelsea boss took over at Tottenham last month but he has warned he will not be able to turn the North Londoners around overnight.

    Ahead of Spurs Premier League clash at home to Brentford tonight, he said: “This is a big challenge for me.

    “This is a big challenge for the club. And this is a big challenge for the players. For everybody.

    “The club, in the last years, has been slipping.

    “If I compare Tottenham to when I was in Chelsea, Tottenham were very very competitive, a really really strong team.

    Conte and his players are still reeling from last Thursday’s embarrassing Europa Conference League loss away to Slovenian minnows NS Mura.

    The former Chelsea boss took over at Tottenham last month but he has warned he will not be able to turn the North Londoners around overnight.

    Ahead of Spurs Premier League clash at home to Brentford tonight, he said: “This is a big challenge for me.

    “This is a big challenge for the club. And this is a big challenge for the players. For everybody.

    “The club, in the last years, has been slipping.

    “If I compare Tottenham to when I was in Chelsea, Tottenham were very very competitive, a really really strong team."

  • Ian Tuckey

    ASTON VILLA 1 MAN CITY 2

    Bernardo Silva sealed Steven Gerrard's first defeat as Villa boss with a sensational volley as City stayed a point clear of third-placed Liverpool with their fourth successive victory.

    Ruben Dias curled City's stylish opener before Silva sidefooted Gabriel Jesus' dropping cross high into the net on 43 minutes.

    Ollie Watkins replied deftly soon after the break but defeat left Villa 13th.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WATFORD 1 CHELSEA 2

    Mason Mount hit the opener and set up the winner as leaders Chelsea stayed a point clear of Man City in a game delayed by 32 minutes by a medical emergency in the crowd.

    England midfielder Mount rounded off a sweet move just before the half-hour mark – after the players had resumed action.

    Emmanuel Dennis fired a deflected equaliser after Ruben Loftus-Cheek lost the ball.

    But Mount teed up sub Hakim Ziyech to seal Chelsea's victory on 72 minutes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    EVERTON 1 LIVERPOOL 4

    Mo Salah's double spearheaded Liverpool's convincing win as Everton's slump continued in Rafa Benitez's first Merseyside derby on the Blue side.

    Jordan Henderson and Salah's angled effort put the third-placed Reds' 2-0 up inside 19 minutes.

    Demarai Gray cut the deficit on 38 minutes but Salah punished a Seamus Coleman mistake midway through the second period and Diogo Jota bagged Liverpool's fourth.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SOUTHAMPTON 2 LEICESTER 2

    Jonny Evans and James Maddison bagged Leicester's two equalisers in this entertaining Prem draw.

    Jan Bednarek snapped up the Saints' third-minute opener as they edged the first half.

    Evans' follow-up shot made it 1-1 on 22 minutes but Che Adams headed Southampton back in front from Nathan Redmond's centre.

    Maddison drilled a clinical equaliser soon after the break, before Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy almost won it for the Foxes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WOLVES 0 BURNLEY 0

    Burnley's dogged defending stopped Wolves going fifth.

    Ft-again winger Adama Traore, in his first game since October 23, fired against the Clarets' bar.

    And Nick Pope tipped a Traore shot wide in Wolves' only second-half effort on target as third-bottom Burnley made it five draws from their past seven matches.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WEST HAM 1 BRIGHTON 1

    Neal Maupay's brilliant 89th minute overhead kick rescued ten-man Brighton.

    Tomas Soucek headed West Ham's fifth-minute opener fromPablo Fornals' inswinging corner.

    And Brighton were a man short when they snatched their late Premier League point-saver as Adam Lallana had gone off injured after their three substitutions.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FAN MEDICAL EMERGENCY HOLDS UP SAINTS' GAME

    The second-half of Southampton's clash with Leicester was delayed due to a 'medical emergency' in the stands.

    Saints led 2-1 at St Mary's when both sides went in for their break.

    Southampton vs Leicester second half delayed after ‘medical emergency’ in stands

    But with the teams moments away from coming out to restart the match, a fan suffered a medical emergency in the stands.

    Amazon commentators initially claimed a fan had suffered a cardiac arrest.

    Medics rushed to the stricken supporter's side.

    And players from both teams waited in the tunnel to discover the person's condition, with Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel looking particularly worried after seeing Denmark pal Christian Eriksen collapse at the Euros.

    After ten minutes, Amazon then revealed the fan had NOT suffered a cardiac arrest.

    However, they had collapsed in the stands, prompting the emergency.

    After initial treatment, the supporter was put on a stretcher by medical staff.

    And they were wheeled out of stands and onto the concourse for further support.

    The game between Southampton and Leicester was then able to resume, with a total delay of just over ten minutes.

    The incident came after Watford’s clash against Chelsea was stopped after 12 minutes when a fan suffered a cardiac arrest at Vicarage Road.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SILVESTRE DEFENDS UTD STARS’ USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

    Mikael Silvestre laughs when he is told that Manchester United players are currently being criticised for their presence on social media.

    The ex-Red Devils defender is reminded of a time when he felt the wrath of a certain Sir Alex Ferguson for his own online mishaps.

    Frenchman Silvestre explained: “I was one of the first players in the Premier League to have a website, in the early 2000s.

    “In France, it was very trendy so I thought it would be cool to have one. I would have an interview on the phone after the game and it was published there in French on my website.

    “But an English paper picked it up and I remember my quotes were used as a headline the day after the game and the boss was like: ‘You have to stop it’ and I did!

    “I was being very honest about the team’s performance and that was the headline: ‘Silvestre said the team didn’t do well’ and the gaffer was mad.

    “He said: ‘I’m in charge of the communication – you play football!’”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WOLVES FAN BLOODIED BY MATCH BALL

    A female Wolves supporter was left with blood pouring down her face after being smashed in the face by the ball.

    And a young boy was left in tears at the unfortunate incident during the Premier League clash at home to Burnley.

    In the 27th minute, the visitors forced a corner with the teams tied at 0-0.

    The ball was swung in, but headed clear from danger by Wolves defender Max Kilman.

    But it was far from comfortable for the lady sat behind the goal as the ball pinged into her face.

    Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet managed to fire another corner in that was punched clear by Wolves keeper Sa.

    But seconds later Sa and striker Raul Jimenez furiously waved on the emergency team to attend to the fan.

    Amazon Prime cameras captured her picking up a pair of glasses from the floor and holding tissue to her bloody nose.

    A young lad next to her was sat on his seat in floods of tears as the game was paused.

    Fans around the woman burst into applause as the emergency teams attended to her.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WATFORD GAME HALTED AS FAN COLLAPSES

    Watford vs Chelsea was paused after 12 minutes as doctors rushed to deal with a medical emergency in the crowd as a supporter collapsed and required CPR.

    Hornets ace Adam Masina had been down receiving treatment for an injury, when Marcos Alonso alerted Chelsea medical staff to an incident in the Graham Taylor Stand.

    Blues medics sprinted across the pitch and entered the field of play.

    After two minutes, referee David Coote informed both managers that the match would be paused as doctors dealt with the emergency.

    Players are said to be waiting in the tunnel for the matter to be resolved.

    The fan has been stabilised and is being taken to the hospital which is situated next to the ground.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD ANNOUNCE BOARD MEMBERS

    Manchester United have announced the make-up of their Fans Advisory Board in the wake of protests at Old Trafford last season, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    There are seven fans representatives in the group which will be co-chaired by barrister and lifelong United fans Christopher Saad and the club’s Group Managing Director Richard Arnold.

    The group was set up to ensure better fan representation with major decisions made by the club.

    The attempt to breakaway into a European Super League caused a mass protests last season which saw the club’s home game with Liverpool last May postponed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'DONNY'S LIKE HENRIK'

    Manchester United staff compared Donny van De Beek to Henrik Mkhitaryan during his early struggles at the club, according to reports.

    The Dutchman, 24, has struggled for game time since his move to Old Trafford.

    He has made just four Premier League starts since the beginning of last season, despite scoring on his debut against Crystal Palace.

    And after struggling initially, staff at United were reminded of another expensive flop, Mkhitaryan, according to ESPN.

    There were also fears he would struggle to adapt to the workload and intensity of the Premier League, which is why he was initially selected for Champions League matches only.

    Mkhitaryan, like van de Beek, arrived for a significant fee of £26million in 2016 and quickly fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

    He had to settle for substitute appearances in his first three games but when his big chance came in a start against Manchester City, he wasted it.

    A minor injury followed and Mourinho soon lost faith in his marquee signing and Mkhitaryan had to wait until December for his next start.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LEW'S A CLASSY LOSER

    Robert Lewandowski was reportedly told he would not be winning the Ballon d'Or days before the event but turned up anyway.

    The Bayern Munich star, 33, came second to Lionel Messi, who won the award for a seventh time.

    Lewandowski lost out by just 33 points with Chelsea star Jorginho rounding off the top three.

    France Football inform the winner of the award beforehand and according to Bild Lewandowski knew he would not be collecting the coveted prize three days before Monday's ceremony.

    But he still turned up, unlike Cristiano Ronaldo, and came away with the striker of the year award instead.

    Many felt his omission for the Ballon d'Or was harsh, particularly after he was a favourite to land the 2020 title.

    His agent Pini Zahavi felt Messi winning was unfair, saying: "Big congratulations to Messi. An impressive player and an eternal legend of football.

    "But the Ballon d'Or 2021 is not his. Not this time. The Golden Ball belongs to Robert Lewandowski.

    “He wasn't robbed, but he's the man who deserves it. No wonder that many hundreds of millions of fans find the result difficult to believe at the prestigious football event.

    "Monday should have ended with Robert celebrating his first Ballon d'Or."

  • Ian Tuckey

    BARBOSA IN PREM LINK

    The agent of Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa has shot down rumours linking the Brazilian to the Premier League.

    Arsenal have been linked with the 25-year-old, but journalist Jorge Nicola has seemingly put those rumours to bed after speaking to Gabigol’s agent Junior Pedroso.

    Pedroso said: “Only us from 4ComM and Gabriel’s father can speak on behalf of the athlete. And there is absolutely nothing with Premier League or any other league at the moment.

    “He is focused solely on playing for Flamengo, because he is very happy at the club.”

    Source: Read Full Article