St. Petersburg to lose Champions League final after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, latest Chelsea, Mbappe news

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

Atlético opened the scoring just seven minutes later with Joao Felix, but Anthony Elanga came off the bench to equalize for United 10 minutes before normal time.

Benfica and Ajax drew 2-2 at the Estadio da Luz. The visiting Dusan Tadic opened the scoring before Sebastien Haller doubled Erik ten Hag’s lead shortly after he scored an own goal.

But the Portuguese giants managed to level the score with Roman Yaremchuk in the 72nd minute.

There was plenty of action in the Premier League as well, with Burnley beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Turf Moor thanks to a 71st-minute win by Ben Mee.

Crystal Palace thrashed Watford at Vicarage Road after a 4-1 scoreline thanks to Jean-Philippe Mateta’s first goal, Conor Gallagher’s cracker and Wilfrid Zaha’s brace. Moussa Sissoko temporarily equalized.

Liverpool thrashed Leeds at Anfield and stepped up pressure on guest coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Mohamed Salah scored a double from the penalty spot, followed by Sadio Mane’s double, with the Reds’ centre-back duo Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk also hitting the target.

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

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

The report claims the French giants are willing to pay the striker a base wage of around £1m a week.

This will far surpass anything Real Madrid have to offer, who are the favorites for France in the summer.

And United could revive interest in Tottenham superstar Harry Kane ahead of the summer transfer window.

But the Red Devils’ next managerial appointment could be critical to any potential aspiration.

Kane was clear about his desire to leave the Spurs last summer and the Manchester giants were one of his biggest fans.

According to ESPN, the star striker’s move this summer is considered a “possibility”, though it would cost around £100m.

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

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

According to Sport, Barça have identified Real Sociedad star and Gunners target Alexander Isak in case they fail to secure Haaland.

Blaugrana funds can also be transferred to Sevilla ace Jules Kunde, who has been linked to the Blues.

The West Londoners are looking to bolster their defense with Antonio Ruediger, Andreas Christensen and captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who ended their contracts in June.

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