Theo Hernandez to Chelsea, Real Madrid target BOTH Mbappe and Haaland, Newcastle want Samuel Umtiti EXCLUSIVE

CHELSEA are reportedly eyeing a move for AC Milan full-back Theo Hernandez.

With Ben Chilwell out for the remainder of the season, the Blues are looking for full-back options but will have to shell out around £50m to land their man.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are reportedly confident of landing BOTH Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

The Spanish giants look set to swoop for the PSG star on a free transfer at the end of the season, while they are also confident of grabbing Haaland due to a 'special relationship' with Dortmund.

And Newcastle are interested in a January swoop for big names Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti.

When does the January transfer window open and close?

The transfer window opens on January 1 and closes on the 31st at 11pm.

Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League's winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

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  • Jon Boon

    Hudson-Odoi slated

    Callum Hudson-Odoi was slated for his 'very strange' pass trying to pick out Mason Mount.

    And the bizarre decision came back to bite the Chelsea winger and his team as Brighton snatched an injury-time equaliser.

    And after Lukaku headed the Blues in front on 28 minutes, the winger, 21, looked destined to double their lead ten minutes after half-time.

    But running through the middle to the edge of the area, rather than pulling the trigger to shoot, the academy graduate attempted a convoluted ball across for Mount.

    However, rather than intricately threading for his mate, Hudson-Odoi proceeded simply in gifting possession to Seagulls defender Joel Veltman.

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    Newcastle in for Dembele

    Barcelona contract rebel Ousmane Dembele has reportedly been approached by Newcastle over a potential move to Tyneside.

    Dembele is out-of-contract at the end of the season, although Barcelona boss Xavi remains determined to tie him down to a new deal.

    However, after a long-meeting with club bosses whereby nothing was agreed, two Premier League clubs are said to be in the running for his signature.

    One of those is Newcastle, with Eddie Howe keen to make a marquee signing at St. James' Park.

    • Jon Boon

      Messi dancer

      Lionel Messi showed he's got the moves on a night on the tiles with missus Antonella at a concert in their homeland.

      The Paris Saint-Germain forward, 34, last played on December 22 and does not take to the field again until January 3.

      And he has made the most of the time off to head back to Argentina on holiday with his family.

      There, he treated his partner to a night out, with a video on social media showing the pair having fun.

      Watch Lionel Messi sing and dance with stunning wife Antonela at concert during winter holiday back to Argentina

    • Jon Boon

      Kane still on City's radar

      Man City could potentially go from having no strikers to boasting two of the most lethal finishers on the planet.

      Harry Kane and Erling Haaland are both on City's radar to replace the departing Ferran Torres, reports suggest.

      City won't sign a Torres replacement in January, but will instead wait to bring in a marquee signing up front in the summer, according to ESPN.

      And it's claimed the club 'still hold an interest' in Kane, after failing to sign the England captain six months ago.

    • Jon Boon

      Lloris transfer

      Hugo Lloris is considering rejoining Nice next year, according to reports.

      The Tottenham goalkeeper and captain's contract at White Hart Lane expires at the end of this season.

      And if he decides against extending his stay in North London or is not offered an extension, he could return to his boyhood club.

      According to Foot Mercato, Nice are lining up an approach to land the experienced stopper.

    • Joshua Jones

      MORNING FOOTY FANS

      Manchester City soared eight points clear as Thomas Tuchel claimed it was 'stupid' to think his Covid-hit Chelsea side could keep pace at the top.

      Phil Foden shone with an early tap-in winner and a disallowed effort – VAR confirming both decisions – as City triumphed 1-0 at Brentford.

      But sub Danny Wellbeck rewarded Brighton's 18 chances at Stamford Bridge by heading their 91st-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

      Fit-again striker Romelu Lukaku had celebrated his first top-flight start since October by nodding the Blues in front.

      But Tuchel reckons Chelsea can't sustain a title bid, saying: “We would be stupid to think we can do it out of Covid and injuries."

      To make it worse, defenders Reece James and Andreas Christensen went off crocked against the Seagulls.

      As for tonight, Manchester United will leapfrog Spurs into sixth place if they defeat third-bottom Burnley at Old Trafford.

      Fit-again striker Edinson Cavani is pressing for a start after suggesting he should only be a sub in Monday's 1-1 draw at Newcastle… when he came on to rescue a point.

      Off the pitch, the Red Devils could move for Barcelona's in-form centre-back Ronald Araujo after his contract stand off.

      The Uruguay superstar has a £168million release clause amid his superb campaign.

      Lastly, it's been suggested Liverpool will consider a move for Arsenal's main man Bukayo Saka. 

    • Ian Tuckey

      Samir reveals huge Mancini bust-up

      Samir Nasri claims he almost wrecked Manchester City’s first top-flight title in 34 years… by threatening to beat up boss Roberto Mancini’s KIDS.

      The ex-France midfielder repeatedly clashed with Mancini following his £25million move from Arsenal in 2011.

      And newly-retired Nasri has now revealed his side of the story over the duo’s explosive feud as City closed in on the 2012 Premier League crown.

      The 34-year-old said he told Mancini he would attack the current Italy coach’s sons Filippo and Andrea, who were allowed to train with City.

      And 41-cap ace Nasri admits calling the manager, now 57, ‘every name under the sun’ – as well as planning to hurl a boot at him.

      The pair’s flare-ups reached boiling point as City prepared to face neighbours United the following week.

      He said: “Mancini told me to defend one way, and his assistant David Platt said another way.

      “Mancini insulted me in Italian, but I understood him so I swore back.  He told me to leave training, and I ripped off my bib and threw it at him.

      “I went back to the dressing-room, then found him in the weights room. I told him to get up and talk with me.

      “We went back to the dressing-room and began shouting at each other. I called him every name under the sun.

      “At that time his sons used to play for our reserve team, and they sometimes trained with us.

      “I told him, ‘I’ll get your kids when they are in the car park”.

      “Patrick Vieira, who was a club ambassador at the time, came to my house.  He said, ‘I told you not to talk to Mancini – he is mad’.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Rangnick backs Maguire and Varane

      Ralf Rangnick will stick by his struggling centre backs Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane despite their horror show against Newcastle.

      But the Manchester United interim coach has called on his star-studded squad to stand up and be counted – admitting they have not made as much progress as he would have liked.

      The Red Devils put on a woeful display at St James’ Park as they scraped a 1-1 draw after Edinson Cavani cancelled out Allan Saint-Maximin’s stunning opener.

      Varane made his comeback from a hamstring injury picked up on October 30 – but alongside Maguire was tormented by a struggling Toon attacking outfit.

      The French World Cup winner was at fault in the build-up for Saint-Maximin’s goal, while Maguire looked a bag of nerves.

      But with fellow defender Victor Lindelof a doubt after testing positive for Covid, German boss Rangnick is ready to give the pair another chance against Burnley tonight.

      Rangnick said: “In three months Raphael has not played that much. Yes he made a mistake before the first goal but apart from that I think he was okay.

      “He was not outstanding, and the same goes to Harry. They did okay.

      “Our problem was that we allowed too many transitional moments – this is not the problem of just the centre backs but the whole team. It starts up front.

      “You can speak of the role of the No10s in that kind of formation, so I don’t think it makes sense to speak about the individual performances of players. We need to get better as a team.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Tuchel: 'Stupid' to think we can win title

      Thomas Tuchel says it would be 'stupid' to think Chelsea can sustain a title charge with the amount of Covid and injury cases that have hit their squad.

      His Blues side lost ground on Manchester City with a 1-1 draw against Brighton when Danny Welbeck’s last-gasp header chalked off Romelu Lukaku’s opener.

      But an arguably bigger blow came when Reece James was forced off with a hamstring injury midway through the first half, while Andreas Christensen had to be subbed at half-time with a back problem.

      The German said: “We have seven Covid cases. We have five or six players out for six or more weeks.

      "How should we compete in a title race? 

      “Everyone else who has a full squad, everybody in training has the full power to come through this league. 

      “We would be stupid to think we can do it out of Covid and injuries. Just play and everybody would be stupid to do it without 23 fit players.

      “We knew before that this was going to be a tough match against a strong side.

      "They come well prepared, it is always like this. I have not seen one team play a nice match against them (Brighton).

      “It was clear we would struggle, we have simply way too many players with who we don’t know what we can demand. 

      “We have long injuries, they come from Covid, I simply don’t know what they are capable of doing.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Dembele boost for Red Devils

      Ousmane Dembele has rejected a new contract at Barcelona following a furious meeting with club bosses – as TWO Premier League clubs contacted the winger over a free transfer.

      The French winger, 24, is believed to have agreed to personal terms last week and told Xavi and Co he wanted to stay.

      But after a nervy, hours-long meeting, Dembele’s agent left WITHOUT his client putting pen to paper, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

      Dembele has long been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp as injuries continue to hamper his progress following his £138million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

      But new boss Xavi has piled praise on the forward time and time again and is said to be fighting tooth and nail to keep him.

      Last week, reports suggested Dembele had greed a new five-year deal at Barcelona on a LOWER weekly wage.

      The cash-strapped club are desperate to trim back their sky-high wage bill, despite splashing £55m on Manchester City forward Ferran Torres.

      Barca and Dembele were both confident the deal would be sealed by the end of the year.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Result: Brentford 0 Man City 1

      Phil Foden's early tap-in winner put City eight points clear – after Brighton deservedly held Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier tonight.

      But Pep Guardiola's men had to work hard for their narrowly-merited victory.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Foden goal ruled out

      Having put Man City in front with a goal given by VAR as onside, Phil Foden had the opposite fate when he could have doubled their lead at Brentford.

      Foden has been far more impressive so far than England colleague Jack Grealish.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Result: Chelsea 1 Brighton !

      Danny Welbeck rocked Chelsea's title hopes with a 91st-minute headed equaliser

      The ex-England striker rewarded Brighton's handful of decent chances following a 28th minute opener for fit-again Chelsea frontman Romelu Lukaku.

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    • Ian Tuckey

      Goal! Chelsea 1 Brighton !

      Danny Welbeck deservedly levelled for Brighton in stoppage time.

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    • Ian Tuckey

      Red Devils’ Araujo boost

      Manchester United could move for Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo after a contract-stand-off.

      The Uruguay superstar has a £168million release clause as one of Barca’s rare bright lights this season.

      But reports today suggest United believe they have a chance of landing the 22-year-old.

      Barcelona are thought to have made little progress in persuading Araujo to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2023.

      And El Nacional say Old Trafford interim boss Ralf Rangnick is a big admirer. 

      Credit: Getty
    • Ian Tuckey

      H/T: Brentford 0 Man City 1

      Phil Foden's early tap-in separates the sides after a fiery end to the half.

      Ivan Toney's challenge on Fernandinho seemed to spark the mass flare-up.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Liverpool linked to Saka

      Liverpool are contemplating a shock bid for Arsenal golden boy Bukayo Saka.

      That’s the claim of Ian McGarry on The Transfer Window Podcast as he suggested the Reds could break up their formidable front foursome of Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

      Salah and Mane are thought to be ambitious targets for European giants.

      Credit: Getty

      And McGarry believes England ace Saka, 20, would be willing to consider such a move.

      He told the Podcast: “Liverpool are looking to the future with regards to the fact that they expect to sell at least two of their attacking players. 

      “Saka is someone who is a player who suits Liverpool’s style.

      “My understanding is that there have been talks with his representatives with regards to giving him a contract upgrade at Arsenal.

      “Liverpool would provide the opportunity and platform for him to play and compete at the highest level. 

      “And that would certainly be something that I’m told he and his representatives are very interested in.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      GOAL! Brentford 0 Man City 1

      Phil Foden finished off a breath-taking through-pass from City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, with VAR confirming the England wideman was onside.

      But that 16th-minute opener was against the early tide of play.

    • Ian Tuckey

      It's under way: Brentford 0 Man City 0

      City will extend the year as table-toppers – but can they extend their six-point lead tonight?

      We'll bring you the major talking points from Brentford's Community Stadium.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Lukaku nods Blues' opener

      Romelu Lukaku headed Chelsea 1-0 up at Brentford from a 28th-minute cornerbut the Seagulls fought back well before the break.

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    • Ian Tuckey

      Team news: Brentford vs Man City (8.15pm)

      Pep Guardiola's men could go nine points clear tonight at the top.

      But they'd have to win at 14th-placed Brentford and see Chelsea defeated by Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

      Brentford: Fernandez, Pinnock, Jansson, Sorensen, Roerslev, Baptiste, Jensen, Onyeka, Thompson, Wissa, Toney.

      Subs: Canos, Forss, Ghoddos, Peart-Harris, Bidstrup, Stevens, Cox.

      Man City: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Fernandinho (C), De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Jesus, Grealish

      Subs: Steffen, Carson, Sterling, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Mbete, Palmer.

    • Ian Tuckey

      LATEST: Chelsea 0 Brighton 0

      The Blues have passed the ball around neatly and largely dominantly.

      And Mason Mount hit the post on 18 minutes.

      But so far Brighton have defended competently as they try to stop Chelsea cutting the deficit on leaders Man City.

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    • Ian Tuckey

      Ronaldo gets statue in India

      Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured with a new gold statue… 5,700 miles away from Old Trafford.

      The Portuguese star, 36, has been sculpted into a £12,000, 65 stone monument in the Indian town of Calangute, Goa.

      It’s been erected to inspire the next generation of footballers, according to the Times of India.

      Goa’s minister Michael Lobo shared snaps of the statue on his Twitter account.

      He also wrote: “For the love of football and at the request of our youth we put up Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue in the park to inspire our youngsters to take football to greater heights.

      “It was an honour to inaugurate the beautification of open space, landscaping, garden with foundation and walkway.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Lukaku back for Blues

      Romelu Lukaku starts for the first time since October 16 – up front on his own – as Chelsea seek to go second and move three points behind Manchester City with victory at home to Brighton tonight.

      Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pulisic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi,Lukaku.

      Subs: Kepa Arizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, N'Golo Kante, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech.

      Brighton (4-2-3-1): Sanchez, Lamptey, Cucurella, Bissouma, Maupay, Mac Allister, Lallana, Moder, March, Burn, Veltman.

      Subs: Jason Steele, Adam Webster, Pascal Gross, Enock Mwepu, Danny Welbeck, Shane Duffy, Steven Alzate, Taylor Richards, Evan Ferguson.

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