Thiago Alcantara

Transfer speculation: Manchester United 'close' to securing transfer of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Spain Under-21 captain has grown frustrated with lack of first-team appearances alerting David Moyes who could make £17 million swoop to bring him to Old Trafford

Cesc Fabregas with the Spain squad

Cesc Fabregas insists he has not spoken to Manchester United or Arsenal about a possible move

The Spain midfielder wants to remain at Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo

Exclusive: Cristiano Ronaldo advised to stay at Real Madrid for further 18 months before making possible switch to Manchester United

The player would be entitled to a huge signing on fee if he runs down his contract

Spain's forward Pedro Rodriguez (R) celebrates after scoring against Uruguay

Confederations Cup: Vicente Del Bosque critical of Spain despite victory over Uruguay

The World Cup winners won 2-1 in their opening game

Arshavin celebrates the third of his four against Liverpool in 2009

The Last Word: Is the wasting of Andrei Arshavin’s talent at Arsenal his fault – or Arsène Wenger’s?

It is impossible to believe no other manager could have played him better

Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas

Talking a good game? Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gets fans excited with talk of Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas

The Frenchman has always been an admirer of the unsettled Manchester United striker

Will Cesc Fabregas return to the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester United or Manchester City?

The Barcelona midfielder is rumoured to be on his way out of the Nou Camp

United on their open-top bus tour of Manchester
Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United make shock move for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas

The Barcelona player is among United's top targets this summer as they look to bolster their midfield

Atletico Madrid players congratulate Lionel Messi and Barcelona after the Catalans were proclaimed La Liga champions

'This isn't Tito's title, it is for all the players': Vilanova and Lionel Messi celebrate La Liga title for Barcelona

Real Madrid's draw with Espanyol ensured Barca were crowned champions

Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol

Five things Barcelona must do to recapture former glories following Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich

The once untouchable side were humiliated by Bayern Munich with a 7-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final defeat

Barcelona pictured before their humbling by Bayern

Champions League: End of an era? 'There's no need to be drastic' says Barcelona midfielder Xavi following 7-0 drubbing against Bayern Munich

Trailing 4-0 from the first leg, Barcelona were humbled 3-0 at the Nou Camp in the second

Bayern's success this season is setting the bar very high for Pep Guardiola

James Lawton: Pep Guardiola heads in the right direction, but how can he improve on this Bayern Munich team?

Were Barcelona really the unanswerable claimants to the title of the best ever?

Arsene Wenger at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have 'now stabilised' following departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United

Striker returns to the Emirates for the first time this weekend

Dortmund players celebrate in front of their fans on Wednesday night

Champions League success: How artist academies created joy in Germany

Overhauling the way Bundesliga clubs operated after a poor Euro 2000 brought through the brilliant youngsters on show this week

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?