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St Petersburg knocked out of Champions League final after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, latest Chelsea, Mbappe update

Good morning football fans

Manchester United drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Atletico opened the scoring after just seven minutes with Joao Felix, but Anthony Elanga came on from the bench and equalized for United 10 minutes before half-time.

Benfica and Ajax drew 2-2 at the Estadio da Luz with the visitors Dusan Tadic opening the scoring before Sebastien Haller doubled the lead for Erik ten Hag’s side, shortly after owning an own goal.

But the Portuguese giants equalized in the 72nd minute with Roman Yaremchuk.

There was plenty of action in the Premier League as well as Burnley beat Tottenham 1-0 at Turf Moor thanks to a Ben Mee goal in the 71st minute.

Crystal Palace beat Watford at Vicarage Road 4-1 with Jean-Philippe Mateta’s opening goal, Conor Gallagher’s goal and Wilfried Zaha’s double – Moussa Sissoko temporarily equalized.

Liverpool crushed Leeds at Anfield and put more pressure on the attack of the away team Marcelo Bielsa.

Mohamed Salah scored twice from the penalty spot before Sadio Mane scored twice, while the Reds’ central defender duo of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk were also in sight.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe could end up staying in Paris despite his links to Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

According to The Independent, PSG are preparing to make Mbappe the highest-paid player in the world to convince him to stay at Parc des Princes.

The report claims that the French giants are willing to pay this striker a basic salary of nearly 1 million pounds / week.

That would be far beyond anything Real – the favorites will bring the France international in the summer – can offer.

And United will likely reactivate their interest in Tottenham superstar Harry Kane ahead of the summer transfer window.

But the appointment of the Reds’ next manager could be crucial to any potential pursuit.

Kane made clear his desire to leave Spurs last summer, with the Manchester giants one of his main suitors.

According to ESPN, a move to buy the star striker this summer is said to be a ‘possibility’ although it would have a fee in the region of £100m.

The possibility of such a comeback will only increase if PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is appointed as United’s new permanent head coach.

Finally, Barcelona could derail Arsenal and Chelsea’s transfer plans if they miss out on Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

According to Sport, Barca have identified the Real Sociedad star and the Gunners’ target is Alexander Isak if they do not land in Haaland.

Blaugrana funds could also go to Sevilla mains player Jules Kounde, who has been linked with the Blues.

The west Londoners are looking to bolster their defence, with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and captain Cesar Azpilicueta out of contract in June.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17445430/champions-league-final-st-petersburg-russia-ukraine-chelsea-mbappe/ St Petersburg knocked out of Champions League final after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, latest Chelsea, Mbappe update

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