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The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Brazil midfielder Oscar

Roberto Di Matteo coy over speculation linking Oscar with Chelsea switch

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo preferred not to comment on speculation linking the club with Internacional midfielder Oscar last night.

Didier Deschamps has managed Monaco, Marseille and Juventus

The Last Word: 'Water carrier' is the only man to douse French egos

France will have recognised Didier Deschamps as the only candidate with the clout to bang galactico heads together

Vicente del Bosque stops any Real-Barça rivalry in his squad

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque relishing France quarter-final

Vicente del Bosque has said he is looking forward to facing France in the quarter-finals of the European Championships on Saturday but has warned against complacency on the part of the world champions.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a spectacular volleyed opener for Sweden last night
Two goals within three minutes for their very accomplished midfielders Jérémy Ménez (pictured) and Yohan Cabaye proved more than enough

Ménez strikes to rain on Ukraine's parade

Ukraine 0 France 2

M'vila's injury spoils French victory

France cruised to a 2-0 win over Serbia in Reims last night, but victory was marred by an injury to Yann M'vila.

International round-up: Germany shocked by Blanc's boys

France, who England face in their first group game in Euro 2012 in Donetsk on 11 June, demonstrated how far they have progressed under coach Laurent Blanc by beating Germany 2-1 in Bremen last night.

Napoli v Chelsea player ratings

Man for man marking from the Stadio San Paolo

Football in Brief: Westley to take Deepdale reins; Malouda not happy on bench

Stevenage's back-to-back promotion-winning manager Graham Westley is set to be named the new Preston North End manager on a two-and-a-half year deal at the League One club.

Andre Villas-Boas sees Chelsea drop points at Wigan

Cech caught out as Villas-Boas deflects blame

Wigan Athletic 1 Chelsea 1

Chelsea need win to get back on track says Florent Malouda

Florent Malouda has insisted the solution to Chelsea's current woes is simple: victories, starting in tonight's Champions League clash at Bayer Leverkusen.

Arsenal in talks over Per Mertesacker transfer

Per Mertesacker was en route to London today to undergo a medical at Arsenal, Press Association Sport understands.

Arsenal close in on Andre Santos deal

Arsenal were today close to completing the signing of Brazil left-back Andre Santos, Press Association Sport understands.

Santos: Neymar price has been met

Chelsea remain in the hunt to sign the Brazilian teenage sensation Neymar, amid claims from Santos yesterday that five European clubs have met his contract's €45m (£40m) buy-out clause.

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