Sport Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho talk during their time with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively

Mourinho claimed signing Shaw from Southampton would have 'killed' Chelsea financially due to squad harmony and Uefa's Financial Fair Play

REVEALED: 13 Premier League clubs increase ticket prices, with Manchester City cheapest and Arsenal most costly

The average price of a season ticket to watch a top-flight side stands at £526. (Click the table above to enlarge)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in £229m strike-force - but which European teams have the most expensive attacks?

Rodriguez, Ronaldo and Bale have cost Real Madrid a combined £229m, more than any other club have spent on their three main attacking threats over the years

Frank Lampard will captain England against Ecuador

Frank Lampard MLS move marred by re-telling of 9/11 'mocking' in New York newspaper

The former Chelsea player could face a backlash from fans of New York City FC

Fernando Torres' return to Spain could be off

Fernando Torres transfer latest: Striker's return could be off after Atletico Madrid struggle to reach £20m price tag

Spanish champions are finding it tough to raise the money Chelsea want

Tiago Mendes will not be joining Chelsea after he agrees a two-year contract extension with Atletico Madrid

Chelsea transfer news: Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago Mendes ends speculation over a Chelsea return as he signs new two-year contract extension

Portuguese midfielder was out of contract and linked with a move back to the club he played for in 2004-5, but has agreed to remain at the Vicente Calderon

Cesc Fabregas poses with his Chelsea shirt after signing

Chelsea transfer news: Completed summer deals - including Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas

A look at the players who have arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer and those who have departed

Jose Mourinho will be going all out to deliver a title to Chelsea in 2014-15

Jose Mourinho may respect Louis van Gaal but he is not 'worried' by the new Manchester United boss

Chelsea manager worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona in the mid-90s

Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah could be forced to return to Egypt to carry out military service after his allowance to travel abroad is rescinded, putting Chelsea future in doubt - reports

Salah is allowed to live in the UK on the basis of an education program, but reports in Egypt claim that he is no longer on the programme meaning he must return home

Jose Mourinho watches his Chelsea team in pre-season action against Wycombe

Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho insists Cesc Fabregas 'was not open' to signing for Arsenal and hints the the Blues won't move for Sami Khedira

Mourinho believes his current squad is ready to challenge for the Premier League title in what will be a five horse race

Filipe Luis competes for the ball with Gareth Bale

Filipe Luis: Chelsea confirm the signing of left-back from Atletico Madrid

The 28-year-old joins on a three-year contract

Sami Khedira to Arsenal: Why Arsenal need to sign the Real Madrid midfielder ahead of Chelsea

Arsene Wenger needs to sign a world class midfielder, and Khedira would transform his side into genuine title contenders

Sami Khedira of Germany runs past Oscar of Brazil with the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany

Sami Khedira to Chelsea: Why the Blues need to sign the Real Madrid midfielder ahead of Arsenal

Khedira could help Jose Mourinho lead Chelsea back to their pomp

Classy defender Raphael Varane will have to be on his toes to deal with Thomas Muller
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Yossi Benayoun (left) and Joey Barton
One of the former QPR team-mates calls the other 'stupid'
TRANSFER TALK Brazil goalkeeper is widely expected to leave the club this summer
Frank Lampard is presented as a New York City FC player
TRANSFER TALK New York City FC midfielder hopes the past 13 years of good behaviour have helped forget his part in a drinking binge
Patrick Vieira is a youth coach at Manchester City
COMMENTJack Pitt-Brooke: The club's youth team coach took his players off the field after clashes during a pre-season friendly in Croatia
England players trudge off after their dismal exit from the World Cup
Labour claims a ‘moral obligation’ to abide by £50m spending requirement
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ANALYSIS A look at the most expensive frontlines at Europe's giants
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TRANSFER TALK Doubts raised as to whether the signing from Valencia is good value for money
Bryan Robson said England are 'way off' winning a major tournament
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