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

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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

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

Arshavin celebrates the third of his four against Liverpool in 2009

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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

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

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