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Manchester United winger Luis Nani

Nani agrees new five-year contract to put an end to speculation the winger would be leaving Manchester United

Portuguese international had been linked with an Old Trafford exit but has now agreed a new deal with the Premier League champions

Mesut Ozil pulls on an Arsenal shirt for the first time
Experts predict Gareth Bales' £85m transfer fee could soon be eclipsed

Move over Gareth Bale - football analysts predict the world's first £100m transfer will happen soon

Lucrative new Premier League TV rights deal will keep forcing transfer fees up

Gareth Bale to Real Madrid: Ignore the record transfer fee, Cristiano Ronaldo remains the world's best player

Welshman pays homage to new team-mate and will defer to him over taking free-kicks

Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid imminent as his boots arrive in Spain

The Gareth Bale transfer saga has dragged on for much of the summer but it appears things are now very close to resolution.

Robin van Persie celebrates his second goal, the brace following a similar haul in the Community Shield last week (Geoff Caddick/EPA)

Premier League: Liverpool v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to the Sunday lunchtime Premier League fixture at Anfield

<b>Cristiano Ronaldo - 2009</b>
<br/> His transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid cost a world-record fee of £80m,and he wasted no time in breaking another record when 80,000 Real fans turned out at the Santiago Bernabeu to see him, Kaka (who had previously broken the record with his £56m move from AC Milan) and Karim Benzema in the famous white strip. However, the fans went so crazy for Ronaldo that a riot nearly broke out with everyone trying to get themselves a hug with the striker.

Crisitano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Neymar, Michael Owen; How will Gareth Bale's Real Madrid unveiling rank with the biggest so far?

A look at the biggest player presentations ahead of Bale's proposed transfer to Real Madrid

Gareth Bale: Should finally get his move to Real Madrid when they offer closer to £90m

Transfer news: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale could complete move to Real Madrid after Franco Baldini arrives in Spain to complete negotiations

Spurs' technical director has been responsible for their £60m spending spree with deals for Willian, Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic still to go through but Real's focus tonight is on the return of Raul

Wales midfielder Gareth Bale will not play against Ireland

Transfer news: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale speaks in public for the first time since speculation over a move to Real Madrid surfaced...

But the 24-year-old refuses to comment on the matter after he insists 'now's not the time to talk'

Gareth Bale

Poll results: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is not worth £80m, say readers

We asked you how much the Real Madrid target is actually worth

Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledges the fans as Real Madrid play LA Galaxy

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema on target for Real Madrid in match against LA Galaxy

The sides were playing in a International Champions Cup quarter-final match

Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo exit is fuelling Gareth Bale pursuit claims former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Calderon claims contract talks have broken down over Ronaldo's £17.5m-per-year wage demands

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric

Transfer news: Tottenham not interested in Luka Modric returning to White Hart Lane as part of Gareth Bale deal with Real Madrid

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains angry about the Croatian's conduct during his time at White Hart Lane

Wilfried Zaha bagged his first goal for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly

Wilfriend Zaha earns the praise of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has been impressed by Wilfried Zaha's flying start to his Manchester United career.

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