Sport Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has secured a transfer to Wolfsburg

De Bruyne joined Chelsea for £7m with reports in Germany claiming Wolfsburg have spent £16.7m on the Belgian who has made just nine appearances for the Blues

Per Mertesacker celebrates after Arsenal's victory over Aston Villa

Arsenal have proved they can 'respond' to pressure, says Per Mertesacker after win over Aston Villa

The Gunners looked to be cruising until Christian Benteke pulled one back for the home side

Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich send out a message with 7-0 victory over Werder Bremen, and are preparing to send out another against Manchester City

Pep Guardiola's side are becoming judged on how heavy a defeat they can inflict

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker celebrates the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: Per Mertesacker says the Gunners are in confident mood ahead of Champions League tie

The Gunners lost 2-1 to the German side when they met at the Emirates

Kevin de Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne forced to train with Chelsea Under-21s following poor performance

Jose Mourinho was infuriated with display in the Capital One Cup

Mesut Ozil

Player analysis: Mesut Ozil - the £42.5m record signing for Arsenal

A closer look at the Germany international who has been at Real Madrid for three years

Germany's new eurosceptic party leader attacked by far-left activists

The leader of Germany’s new anti-eurozone party has called for a police clampdown on extreme left-wing groups after he and fellow party members were attacked with knives and pepper spray by masked activists chanting “Nazis out” at a weekend political rally.

The red and green Amplemä-nnchen signs began life in Communist East Germany but could be making a comeback elsewhere in the EU

Go ahead: Bring back East Germany’s little traffic light man, say researchers

Study suggests that pedestrians respond more quickly to icon of Communist era

Franco Di Santo

Former Wigan striker Franco Di Santo moves to Werder Bremen

The Argentina international was a free agent

World War II Veteran, Ian Hammerton, pictured at his home in Dartford, Kent (Picture: Jason Alden)

Normandy veterans speak: Ian Hammerton - ‘We just wanted to get off the beach quickly’

Lieutenant Ian Hammerton, 91, from Dartford, Kent, is one of a small band of surviving  D-Day officers. He was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. He commanded five “flail” or “crab” tanks, belonging to the 22nd Dragoons, equipped with frontal booms and chains to detonate mines

Normandy Voices: Captain Ian Hammerton

Mr Hammerton was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944

Dortmund sign Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is joining Champions league finalists Borussia Dortmund from Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen.

Barcelona's head coach Tito Vilanova (R) talks to his players during a training session

Tito Vilanova pledges to carry on at Barcelona

The Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova, has vowed that he will still be in charge next season – as long as his health allows him to continue.

In his hands: Dietmar Machold had clients all over the world for his violins

The Great Stradivarius Fiddle

An expert on violins faces trial, charged with dealing in fake instruments

Marko Marin is to join Chelsea

Chelsea signing Marko Marin wants Roberto Di Matteo in charge

Chelsea new boy Marko Marin believes the London club is "the perfect fit" for him and hopes the man who recruited him, Roberto Di Matteo, is still the man in charge when he arrives.

German public sector workers strike

Public service workers in parts of Germany walked out on strike today in a dispute over pay.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee