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

Koke' of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Zenit

Transfer news: Manchester United target Koke wanted by Bayern Munich - reports

David Moyes could face struggle to land Atletico Madrid midfielder

Transfer news: Arsenal and Manchester United delay making moves for Angel Di Maria

No offers yet for Argentine winger according to Real Madrid president

Transfer news: Manchester United eye Porto defender Alex Sandro as alternative to Leighton Baines

Brazilian defender another option at left back

Gareth Bale celebrates his free-kick in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday

Real Madrid to see how Gareth Bale injury 'evolves'

Carlo Ancelotti hopeful latest knock will not be serious for the world's most expensive player

Samir Nasri is looking forward to the last 16 of the Champions League

Champions League draw: 'Barcelona or Real Madrid will not want to face Manchester City,' says Samir Nasri

Midfielder is not worried about who City are drawn against today

Transfer news: Manchester United target Koke not keen on January move

The Atletico Madrid midfielder wants to remain in Spain for now

<p>Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)</p>
<p>Not quite as improbable as it sounds. Iniesta’s contract expires in 2015 and negotiations on a new deal have stalled. David Moyes has castigated his midfield for their inability to pass and there are none better at that than the great Catalan.</p>

Desperate David Moyes plans buying spree with Manchester United linked with moves for Andres Iniesta and Koke

Former Everton manager plans big January signing plus full-scale clear-out

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal, Fernando Torres of Chelsea, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Wayne Rooney of Manchester United

Champions League last 16 draw 2013: Who could Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United meet?

With all four English sides reaching the knockout stages, we look at who each team could face in the next round

James Milner celebrates scoring City’s winner at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday

Fearless Manchester City can let slide Manuel Pellegrini's goal blunder

As their fans began trooping onto planes long before dawn broke over Munich, few of them cared that Manchester City had miscalculated how many goals they needed to top their Champions League group. That City had beaten Bayern Munich in their own stadium was surely enough.

Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal will be up against it in the next round after missing out on topping their group

Napoli v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger focuses on next challenge after disappointment of missing out on Champions League group win

Manager turns attention to Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City after defeat in Naples leaves Gunners facing tough draw for last 16

Manchester City’s central defender Vincent Kompany
Mourinho: 'If we train defensive corners against the dummies I think the dummy will score'

Chelsea v Steaua Bucharest - Champions League: Chelsea not among favourites, says Jose Mourinho

There are many other sides with a better chance of lifting the trophy, according to the Chelsea manager

Football round-up: Gareth Bale proves real deal with Madrid hat-trick

Gareth Bale scored his first hat-trick as a Real Madrid player as Carlo Ancelotti's side brushed aside Real Valladolid 4-0 at the Bernabeu last night. With Cristiano Ronaldo still out nursing a thigh strain, it was left to the world's most expensive player to spearhead Madrid's attack. The former Tottenham forward proved more than up to the task, scoring a header and with both feet for a perfect hat-trick. Bale headed in the first goal shortly after the half-hour mark and three minutes later provided a fine cross for Karim Benzema to add the second.

Gareth Bale celebrates his free-kick in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday

Who needs Cristiano Ronaldo? Gareth Bale hailed as a 'leader' by Spanish press

£86m Welshman opened the scoring with stunning free-kick in Ronaldo's absence

Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United away fans

Bayer Leverkusen 0 Man United 5: Ryan Giggs is getting better, claims David Moyes ahead of the midfielder's 40th birthday

The cliché 'life begins at 40' is rarely true, especially so for an athlete, their career is usually completed at that age, but David Moyes believes Ryan Giggs can be the exception once more.

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