We'll be better than Reds, says City hatchet man

It is 42 years since Manchester City were last crowned as the English top-flight champions yet, according to their new signing Aleksandar Kolarov, there is little danger of the club getting anywhere near the point of raising their bat to the pavilion for the most undesired of half-centuries.

Transfer Talk: Milner on the brink of City switch after O'Neill concedes defeat in lengthy battle

Manchester City are hoping to complete the long-running £24m transfer of James Milner from Aston Villa this weekend after Martin O'Neill, the Villa manager, admitted a move was on the card.

Kalou: No guarantees for big-spending City

Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has warned Manchester City that their summer spending spree will not guarantee them the Barclays Premier League title.

Manchester City set sights on Torres after signing Kolarov

Roberto Mancini will switch his attentions to recruiting another striker after finally tying up a deal for Lazio left-back Aleksandar Kolarov and yesterday indicated he will be monitoring the ongoing discord between Fernando Torres and Liverpool with interest.

James Lawton: Cole and Milner should stop this sorry pretence that it's not all about the money

One problem with being led about by agents who attach a lead to the ring in your nose is that you don't get much time to look around and see the effects of such relentlessly prosecuted greed.

Milner wants to leave Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted James Milner wants to leave the club this summer.

Mancini eyes Donovan as Manchester City seek to continue spending spree

Manchester City hope to continue their summer spending spree by bringing the United States international Landon Donovan to Eastlands. The club have already signed David Silva, Yaya Touré and Jerome Boateng for more than £60m and have now targeted the LA Galaxy winger, who had a good World Cup after impressing during a loan spell at Everton last season.

Chelsea issue warning to Drogba suitors

Chelsea have warned Europe's top clubs Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is not for sale.

Juventus ready to outbid Manchester City in race for £35m striker Dzeko

Manchester City are encountering competition from Juventus in their pursuit of the Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, though the club head off for their pre-season training camp in the United States today in no rush to add to their squad, having already secured three of their prime targets.

Transfer Talk: Yaya Touré joins brother at Eastlands

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Barcelona midfielder Yaya Touré has joined his brother, Kolo, at Eastlands after completing a £28m move from Nou Camp. The Ivorian, 27, is City's third signing of the summer, following David Silva and Jerome Boateng.

Manchester City agree deal for Silva

Manchester City have reached agreement with Valencia to sign Spain forward David Silva.

Chelsea join Manchester City in race to sign Silva

Manchester City are facing competition from Chelsea to sign David Silva, according to the agent of the Valencia and Spain winger.

Juande Ramos: Spain don't start with Fabregas for a simple reason: with a squad this good, they'll win without him

The Spanish Angle: I cannot remember a better Spain squad in my lifetime. They are very used to playing with each other and that gives them a big advantage

Benitez gives £96,000 to Hillsborough families

As Internazionale announced his appointment as their manager, a visibly emotional Rafael Benitez was meeting families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, to whom he donated £96,000.

Goal of the tournament? (And it hasn't even begun)

Spain's flowing move in their 6-0 friendly win is sending shivers down the spines of their rivals
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Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
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Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff