Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Manchester United will try and push through a £50m deal for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria: Manchester United to push ahead with £50m move for Real Madrid winger

Club are desperate for a marquee signing before transfer window closes

Angel Di Maria at the World Cup

Sam Wallace: Manchester United must ask if they can afford NOT to pay £50m for Angel Di Maria

United need to make a marquee signing before the window slams shut

Glenn Hoddle is the surprise name to take over from Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace

Glenn Hoddle surprise name in the frame to take over at managerless Crystal Palace

Tony Pulis and David Moyes in line for West Ham job should Sam Allardyce be dismissed

Jose Mourinho oversees a Chelsea training session earlier in the week

‘Fatigued’ Chelsea have not even had a real holiday, says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says that the post-World Cup fatigue some of his players are suffering will have a major bearing on the team he selects to face Burnley tonight, although his big decision over his two goalkeepers is a straight pick on who he thinks is the better bet for the season.

David Silva celebrates after opening the scoring for Manchester City against Newcastle

It's Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's chance to wrestle title from Manchester City

Chelsea appear to be the club most likely to challenge the holders as nine months of madness get under way

Mourinho has become visibly exasperated during pre-season

Jose Mourinho taking the pragmatic approach to choosing between Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal

Mourinho said he will try to "stimulate" whoever ends up No 2

Romelu Lukaku has the advantage of being on loan at Everton last season so knows the club well

No pressure on £29m Romelu Lukaku as he returns to Everton, says manager Roberto Martinez

The Belgium striker spent last season on loan at Goodison Park

Louis van Gaal waves to the Old Trafford faithful

Paul Scholes: Why Manchester United won't win the Premier League title

Louis van Gaal has restored the fear factor but the club needed to buy more players

Luis Suarez arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to argue his case over his four-month ban

Luis Suarez comment: Barcelona must not indulge striker if they want him to learn from mistakes

The former Liverpool striker is now allowed to train with his new team-mates, however he must still wait for his competitive debut

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