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Spain midfielder is out of favour at Old Trafford and Diego Simeone could offer a way out

Atlético Madrid willing to spend big to sign Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois

Transfer news: Atlético Madrid willing to spend big to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on permanent basis

Spanish giants willing to part with the cash required to sign Chelsea's promising goalkeeper

Manchester United resist Atlético Madrid efforts and close in on Juan Mata

Transfer news: Manchester United resist Atletico Madrid efforts and close in on Juan Mata - reports

Premier League rivals set to agree a fee for Juan Mata as United resist Atlético attempts to scupper the deal

Juan Mata walks past Jose Mourinho after being substituted

Juan Mata: Manchester United to chase playmaker with bid of at least £30m - but decision is for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

The Spaniard has struggled to make it into the first team this season, and with the World Cup looming, would arguably be keen to move on

Clarence Seedorf (centre) is mobbed as he arrives at Linate Airport in Milan

AC Milan confirm Clarence Seedorf appointment

The club's former midfielder has retired from playing in order to take up the role

Neymar predicted Barcelona would draw Manchester City in the Champions League

Barcelona paid £34m to company owned by parents of Brazil star Neymar as part of summer transfer

The Catalan club have revealed that around 70% of the total transfer fee they paid for the 21-year-old was given to his parents' company as a 'signing bonus' after allegations of financial irregularities

Transfer news: Liverpool budget restrictions may leave Brendan Rodgers limited to Mohamed Salah this January

Rodgers set to hold talks with owners this Friday

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Premier League, claims former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Ballon d'Or winner still has five years left on Real Madrid contract

Garcia's ghost goal: In another duel with Liverpool, Chelsea lost in the Champions League semi-finals with a disputed goal from Luis Garcia. “It was a goal that came from the moon,” said Mourinho, who never acknowledged the goal in the future

Luis Garcia retires: A look back at the former Liverpool favourite, including his 'ghost goal' against Chelsea in the Champions League

The Spaniard played an integral role in Liverpool's Champions League triumph in 2005

The FifPro Team of the Year: (Back L-R) Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Xavi. (Front L-R) Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer (missing Andres Iniesta).

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fail to vote for each other, while Steven Gerrard picks a Liverpool team-mate

Vincent Kompany takes the award for most bemusing choice after he leaves out both eventual winner Ronaldo and four-time holder Messi from his choice

Cristiano Ronaldo fights back tears after winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or award

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Rio Ferdinand attempted to persuade him into a Manchester United return following Ballon d'Or success

Ronaldo has confirmed that he seriously considered a return to Old Trafford when his future was uncertain last summer before he signed a new £76m contract

Pepe of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the only goal of the game against Espanyol

Real Madrid close gap on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with victory over Espanyol

Pepe scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid took advantage of the other two teams' draw

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal against Newcastle

Aston Villa v Arsenal: Refreshed Olivier Giroud will spearhead Premier League title charge, says Arsene Wenger

Giroud has not played since the 1-0 win at Newcastle but Wenger has confirmed he is fit to return for the trip to Villa Park

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi is 'an alien' says Arda Turan following Atletico Madrid's draw with Barcelona

The Argentine forward returned to La Liga action in the 0-0 game

West Brom's new manager Pepe Mel will watch from the stands during Saturday's Premier League encounter with Southampton

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel: Who is the new manager?

The Spaniard was seen as something of left-field choice to replace Steve Clarke

Erik Lamela, who scored the first and made the second, is mobbed

Transfer news: Erik Lamela will not leave Tottenham in January, insists manager Tim Sherwood

Sherwood claims that the misfiring forward is not fully fit and that he needs more time to settle in to the rigours of the Premier League

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