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Romelu Lukaku latest: Chelsea threaten to scrap move to Everton with £30m price tag as striker posts cryptic tweet

The Belgium international is keen to return to Goodison Park and just today posted a cryptic tweet

Seydou Keita (left) in action against Real Madrid

Seydou Keita refuses Pepe handshake before throwing water bottle prior to Roma vs Real Madrid match

An old feud reared it's head prior to this 'friendly' match

Javier Hernandez in action for Manchester United during pre-season

Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez close to exit as Atletico Madrid admit interest

The Mexican striker does not appear to be part of Louis van Gaal's plans

Yaya Toure could leave Manchester City in the summer, claims his agent

Yaya Toure latest: Manchester City midfielder claims he wants to stay with Premier League champions for 'as long as possible'

The Ivory Coast international looks to have ended any talk of a summer exit

Follow my leader: Jack Wilshere listens to manager Arsène Wenger

Arsenal agree new deal with BT Sport - which coincides nicely with advert showing FA Cup win over Liverpool

Agreement will see broadcaster given access to Arsene Wenger and his players and times in with a commercial that might actually please fans of the Gunners

Ojo Onaolapo celebrates winning the bronze medal
Ashley Cole of Roma

Ashley Cole: Former Chelsea player in awkward picture with new Roma team-mates

Some are asking if the left-back is fitting in with his new team-mates

Ezequiel Lavezzi pictured during the 2014 World Cup final

Liverpool transfer news: Ezequiel Lavezzi emerges as £18m target - reports

The Argentina international could arrive at Anfield following the collapse of the move for Loic Remy

Arturo Vidal: Midfielder must ask to join Manchester United, say Juventus

The Chile international has been linked with a £48m switch to Old Trafford

Arturo Vidal in action at the World Cup

Manchester United transfer news: Arturo Vidal bid of £48m imminent - reports

Louis van Gaal hopes to tempt Chile international to Old Trafford with bumper pay deal

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The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
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Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
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Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
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Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution