Chelsea have the right squad for winning the quadruple, according to Blues’ midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Manager Jose Mourinho previously dismissed his team’s odds of winning the quadruple – the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Champions League – a feat no English club has ever achieved. Matic is still “confident”, however, that “everything is possible”.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker to rise to the criticism of his aerial abilities, after Skrtel won in the air on Sunday to secure a 2-2 draw for Liverpool.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says recent praise from his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson has put him under pressure to deliver results for the club.
Ferguson had said of Van Gaal: “I don’t know how he can expect to be getting the best results with the injuries he’s had”.
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Liverpool City council are considering legal action to force a switch of Saturday’s evening kick-off time for Merseyside derby after police expressed worries about possible crowd trouble.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has targeted former Tottenham and Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe as priority January purchase.
Recently appointed Rangers stand-in boss Kenny McDowall has admitted his new post is tarnished and that he is anguished about replacing Ally McCoist.
McDowall was McCoist’s number two, and the new manager said it was a “sad day” to farewell McCoist from Murray Park.
Also, an email has revealed how Ibrox chairman David Somers feared he would be fired from the board if Mike Ashley lost his Rangers power struggle with Dave King. The email reportedly describes how Barnes is urged not to lose a deal to bail out Rangers as Sports Direct chief Ashley fought off a rival £16m funding offer from King in October.
Meanwhile, Celtic boss Ronny Delia is rushing to strike permanent deals with players John Guidetti and Kris Commons. Delia said while he had an eye on new faces in the transfer window, “keeping players is more important to get consistency”.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard said the Blues will win the title if they are top in January. Chelsea will play West Ham, Southampton and Tottenham over the Christmas period, and Hazard said: “If we can stay top until the end of the holidays, then it will all be the better for us”.
Beskiktas have admitted they want to sign Chelsea’s Mo Salah in January.
Also, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can become the “best goalkeeper ever in football history”, according to former Atletico Madrid teammate Filipe Luis.
In-form West Ham striker Andy Carroll believes manager Sam Allardyce has the team playing a style of football that could see them defeat Chelsea on Boxing Day, despite West Ham sitting 11 points behind them on the table.
Emile Heskey will sign a deal at Bolton until the end of the season after impressing on trial.
Burnley have rejected an £8m offer from Leicester for Danny Ings.
Exiled Manchester City midfielder Scott Sinclair, 25, could be set for a move to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign Croatia and Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic in a £25m deal. City are currently counting the cost of injuries to Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has called for a leader to step up at Arsenal to repair the organisational and lack of talk problems that were evident against Liverpool on Sunday. “It’s important to have someone organising,” he said. “You need someone to take the leadership there.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones will use his newfound place in the starting line-up to press for a new deal to keep him at Anfield.
Petr Cech’s agent has confirmed talks have taken place between the out-of-favour Chelsea goalkeeper and European champions Real Madrid.
Inter Milan are planning a £12m January loan deal to secure Tottenham’s Paulinho. Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has flown to London for talks on signing the Brazilian midfielder.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has compared 21-year-old striker Ayoze Perez to Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, ahead of the two sides’ Boxing Day match. Pardew described Perez as a natural forward who can “mix it in the midfield and score goals”.
Arsenal are watching Nantes’ French Under-21 midfielder Jordan Veretout.
West Ham chairman David Sullivan insists no stars will be sold in January.
Striker Edinson Cavani, 27, could be on his way to Arsenal in a £50m move next month with Paris Saint-Germain coach Larent Blanc reportedly having run out of patience with him.
French side Nice want to sign midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle, after Hull City cut short a loan deal with the 27-year-old.