Chelsea sweat on Lukaku fitness ahead of Juventus clash, Newcastle enter Vlahovic transfer race, Southgate new contract

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England manager Gareth Southgate has officially signed a new double-your-money £6million contract until December 2024, the FA has confirmed.

Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland has also penned a new deal, keeping the pair in charge of the Three Lions through until after the next European Championship.

The English head coach has been in charge at St George’s Park since 2016, when he stepped up from his role with the Under-21s to replace Sam Allardyce.

And the 51-year-old has since taken England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and the final of Euro 2020, as well as recently sealing qualification for Qatar 2022.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is open to taking over at Manchester United.

That is according to Manchester Evening News, who also report that Pochettino is prepared to join United mid-season.

The same reports claim the Argentine coach always had the ambition of managing the Red Devils.

The former Tottenham boss was the board’s top choice to replace Jose Mourinho in 2018 but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won them over during his stint as caretaker manager.

But Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has also been contacted by United after Solskjaer’s dismissal, according to SunSport’s Neil Custis.

The Red Devils are also prepared to splash £8million in compensation to the Foxes for Rodgers.

The former Liverpool head coach has a clause in his contract letting him speak to certain clubs if they come knocking — and the Manchester giants are among them.

Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning following a poor start to the campaign.

Finally, Arsenal will not discuss a new deal with Alexandre Lacazette until the end of the season even though they risk losing him for nothing in the summer, according to SunSport’s Mark Irwin.

Lacazette is in the final few months of his £200,000-a-week contract and will be free to open talks with overseas clubs in January.

Manager Mikel Arteta has not ruled out the possibility of extending the centre-forward’s deal but wants to put negotiations on hold for now.

That is a major transfer boost for Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Marseille and Newcastle, who are among the clubs monitoring the France international.

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