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Sir Alex Ferguson exerted subtle pressure on Arsène Wenger over the attempted purchase of Samir Nasri late last night in what appeared to be one last attempt to revive his fading hopes of signing the player.
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has suffered a serious injury to his right knee during pre-season training.
Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, told Croatian midfielder Luka Modric last night that he is not prepared to consider selling him at any price.
New manager put emphasis on the collective when he met his players yesterday, writes Mark Fleming
Arsenal play Barcelona and their bitter rivals off against each other in an attempt to get £40m for Spanish midfielder
Chelsea's new manager André Villas-Boas is preparing to meet the players tomorrow for the first time since his appointment, and has been promised by the defender Ashley Cole that there are "no egos" at Stamford Bridge.
United's player-turned-coach criticises philosophy of Wenger, who will reluctantly let Nasri leave if he receives £25m bid
The situation is not new for Wenger, and in the past the result has always been the same – the board sticks to its guns and the player moves on
Andre Villas-Boas began his reign as Chelsea manager yesterday by asserting his authority over the powerful figures within the Stamford Bridge dressing room.
Chelsea may believe teen is the next Messi but wonderkids can lose their way. By Mark Fleming
Chelsea remain in the hunt to sign the Brazilian teenage sensation Neymar, amid claims from Santos yesterday that five European clubs have met his contract's €45m (£40m) buy-out clause.
Chelsea may believe teen is the next Messi but prodigies have failed to make grade here in the past
The new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas moved decisively ahead of Guus Hiddink in the race to take charge at Stamford Bridge when the Dutchman said he wanted to bring Ray Wilkins back as his assistant.
Chelsea's new manager promises to work on team spirit, not on emulating Mourinho
Andre Villas-Boas has become the most talked-about manager in world football since agreeing to take charge of Chelsea, but when he started his first job as coach of British Virgin Islands 11 years ago the players could not pronounce his name.
The new Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, yesterday began his Stamford Bridge reign in markedly different style to his mentor and predecessor Jose Mourinho. "I don't see the game as a one-man show," he said.