Sport Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula is a transfer target for Chelsea

One of the Blues' scouts Guy Hillion has confirmed he has been watching the France Under-21 star

Sacking managers is all part of Chelsea 'strategy'

Chief executive defends revolving-door policy as club are on the brink of reaching deal with Hiddink

Bruised Barry trying to rebuild his reputation

Tonight's England captain, who wasn't even in the squad on Saturday, is aiming to make amends for woeful World Cup

Wayne Rooney writes off Manchester City title hopes

Wayne Rooney believes the "best" goal of his career has ended Manchester City's hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title this season.

'I didn't see this coming.' Lampard delight at going from scapegoat to captain

Midfielder to lead Chelsea trio looking to reassert their international futures against Denmark tonight

Face of Burberry jumps to his death from Milan flat

A french male model who has fronted fashion campaigns for Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Hugo Boss, died after falling four floors from his apartment window in Milan on Friday, according to police in the city.

James Lawton: History insists winners do not appear in blaze of early glory

England manager learns valuable lessons about his side in uninspiring draw with US

Benzema: The hotshot left out in the cold

Karim Benzema's shock omission from the France squad has upset fans – but may please Manchester United

Ronaldinho and Totti face World Cup decision day

By midnight Central European time tonight, all 32 nations must have delivered a list of 30 names to Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. Some of the most familiar names in world football will have spent an anxious night awaiting their fate.

Robert Louis-Dreyfus: Businessman who helped resurrect Olympique Marseille football club

As befits a scion of the wealthy and secretive Louis-Dreyfus family, the Franco-Swiss billionaire businessman Robert Louis-Dreyfus had a wide range of interests and a deserved reputation as a troubleshooter with an uncanny ability to turn companies around. From 1989 to 1993, he served as chief executive officer at Saatchi & Saatchi and restored the fortunes of the advert-ising agency before rescuing the German sporting goods maker Adidas. For the last 13 years of his life he was the majority shareholder at Olym-pique Marseille football club, the team with the biggest fan-base in the French league, and helped steady the ship after the departure in 1993 of the controversial Bernard Tapie, who coincidentally had controlled the Adidas company before him.

Moments that made 2008: Champions League final

Manchester United v Chelsea, 21 May, Moscow: Abramovich endured the mother of all wedgies from the football gods and there was nothing he could do about it

City still trying to find way

Manchester City 0 Paris St-Germain 0

Chelsea sign Brazilian Mineiro

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has bolstered his squad by signing Brazilian midfielder Mineiro until the end of the season.

Transfer News and Speculation: 22 July

As he continues his search for new players, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he has no intention of going public and destabilising players – as Real Madrid have done with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Makelele on brink of PSG switch

Claude Makelele will end his five-year spell at Chelsea by completing a move to Paris St Germain this afternoon.

Grant calls for play-off to decide title if teams finish level on points

Should Manchester United beat Wigan by 1-0 tomorrow, Avram Grant's Chelsea team will have to beat Bolton Wanderers 18-0 to overhaul their rivals' superior goal difference and take the Premier League title on goals scored. So, on the brink of the defining weekend, it was no surprise that the Chelsea manager yesterday called for a change to the rules under which the title would be decided by a play-off between the two teams tied on points rather than goal difference.

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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