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Video: Simon Rice talks through Manchester City's draw in the last 16 of the Champions League

Luis Alberto will add to Liverpool's attacking options

Liverpool announce signing of Luis Alberto from Sevilla

Striker has signed a long-term contract with the Reds after passing a medical

Thiago Alcantara – La Roja's boy from Brazil

Manchester United’s target Thiago is more than ‘anarchist’

Free spirit who inspired Spain to Euro Under-21s glory has Barça buyout clause of just £15m

Mignolet, 25, has been in fine form for Sunderland

Liverpool agree fee with Sunderland for Simon Mignolet with medical planned for next week

Sunderland goalkeeper set for Anfield switch amid team's continuing negotiations over fee with personal terms and medical set for discussion next week

Thiago Alcantara

Transfer speculation: Manchester United 'close' to securing transfer of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Spain Under-21 captain has grown frustrated with lack of first-team appearances alerting David Moyes who could make £17 million swoop to bring him to Old Trafford

Neymar in action against Brazil

Confederations Cup: Neymar inspires Brazil to place in last four

The hosts beat Mexico to progress

Thiago Alcantara

Gerard Pique says Barcelona must keep Thiago Alcantara amid interest from Manchester United

The midfielder scored a hat-trick in the European Under-21 Championship final against Italy

Luis Alberto of Sevilla

Liverpool make 'very good offer', but it's not enough for Sevilla to sell Luis Alberto

Reports suggest the Spanish side want £7m for the midfielder

Cesc Fabregas with the Spain squad

Cesc Fabregas insists he has not spoken to Manchester United or Arsenal about a possible move

The Spain midfielder wants to remain at Barcelona

Simon Mignolet could be about to move to Liverpool with deal thought to be 'close' to complete

Liverpool 'close' to signing Sunderland's Simon Mignolet casting Pepe Reina's future into doubt

Liverpool could complete the £10m deal this week which could see Reina leave the club, while Luis Suarez continues to push for an exit of his own

Brazil 3 Japan 0: Neymar shines for Brazil

Brazil opened the Confederations Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Japan last night, goals from Neymar, Paulinho and Jo earning victory in Brasilia for the World Cup hosts.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup insists he will stay despite breakdown in relationship between his agent and Swansea

There have been disagreements over the club's transfer policy

Fabregas: 'What I truly want is to triumph at Barcelona'

Cesc Fabregas set to snub advances from Arsenal and Manchester United and fight for place at Barcelona

The Spain international has been linked with a return to the Premier League

Postcard from... Barcelona

It wasn’t quite “blink and you’ve missed it”, but Christopher Columbus’s 21-day spell as Spain’s largest football fan in history came to an abrupt end on Sunday morning, when a giant replica Barça shirt that had adorned a statue of Europe’s most famous explorer in downtown Barcelona for the past three weeks was removed.

Jose Mourinho waves to the Real Madrid fans during his final game in charge

Jose Mourinho at Chelsea: Manager hits back at Andres Iniesta after being accused of 'damaging' La Liga

The new Chelsea manager explains the reasons for the strong feelings in Spain about him

Bradley Smith ready to return for Catalan round of MotoGP after injury

Britain's Bradley Smith will be fit to race at the Catalan Grand Prix, despite suffering wrist and hand injuries in his heavy practice crash at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links