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The top two teams both missed a chance to break clear

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Tottenham will have to meet the £26m release clause if they want to land the striker

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Transfer news: Manchester United may struggle to entice Cesc Fabregas - but are hopeful Barcelona are ready to sell

United believe that signing of Neymar could be decisive in Moyes realising his hopes of securing the 26-year-old

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Transfer news: Arsenal warn Atletico Madrid that Santi Cazorla is not available at any price

The Spanish side are hopeful of signing the midfielder

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The Spain midfielder is the subject of a £26m bid

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Transfer speculation: Manchester United remain in hunt for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara

A swap deal involving Wayne Rooney has been suggested

Tottenham transfer news: Spurs tie up £17m deal for Paulinho

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Brazil midfielder Paulinho for £17million.

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Paulinho was voted third-best player at the Confederations Cup

Brazil midfielder Paulinho confirms £17m Tottenham move

24-year-old to complete transfer this week

Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa is set for £8.6m move to White Hart Lane

Tottenham transfer news: Andre Villas-Boas hopes to make four major signings after £17m capture of Paulinho

Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa set for £8.6m move to White Hart Lane

Brazilian midfielder in action for Brazil at the Confederations Cup

Tottenham 'close' to signing Brazilian international Paulinho with deal believed to have been agreed

Spurs are keen to strengthen and the signing of current international would signal their intent ahead of the start of the new season

Fernando Torres celebrates one of his four goals against Tahiti

Confederations Cup: Fernando Torres scores four (despite missing a penalty) as Spain crush Tahiti 10-0

Spain advance to the semi-finals of the tournament

Gareth Bale has three years left on his contract at Tottenham

Andre-Villas Boas insists Gareth Bale will not be leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid this summer

Spurs boss adament that Welsh star will stay with the club amid constant speculation that he will leave

Jonathan Tehau celebrates a goal for Tahiti against Nigeria

Confederations Cup: 'If Spain score 20, I would be happy with one', says Tahiti coach

The minnows take on the world champions tonight

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