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Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen transfer latest: Manchester United remain confident of deal for Arsenal defender - whilst Wikipedia page has already changed

The Belgium international said earlier this summer his future is uncertain

Kevin Strootman

Manchester United transfer news: £79m offer for Kevin Strootman needed for Roma to 'think about it'

Louis van Gaal is keen on linking up with the Netherlands midfielder at Old Trafford

Arsenal transfer news: CONFIRMED - David Ospina joins in £3.5m deal

The goalkeeper arrives after impressing with Colombia at the World Cup

Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Southampton although the goal was later credited to Adam Lallana

Liverpool transfer news: Dejan Lovren on verge of switch from Southampton

Brendan Rodgers has been pursuing the defender for much of the summer

Manchester United's kit for the 2014/15 season

Manchester United to honour purchases of half-price replica kits after website error

Red Devils' supporters snapped up the new home shirt for just £22

Angel Di Maria celebrates his winner against Switzerland

Manchester United transfer news: Angel Di Maria set to choose between Old Trafford and PSG in next few days

The Argentina international is free to leave Real Madrid this summer

A James Rodriguez shirt on sale

Real Madrid sell £20m worth of James Rodriguez replica shirts

Fans of Los Blancos appear to be excited by the £63m new-arrival

Yossi Benayoun (left) and Joey Barton

Joey Barton and Yossi Benayoun become involved in Twitter row over Israel-Gaza conflict

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder was accused of being 'stupid' by the Israeli international

Sami Khedira, Angel di Maria and Isco among Real Madrid players up for grabs this summer

We take a look at those the could be leaving the Bernabeu for pastures new

Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal reacts after losing their match against Brazil in a penalty shoot out after extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile

Arturo Vidal: Manchester United bid £39m for Juventus midfielder

The Chile international is among Louis van Gaal's top targets this summer

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape