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Simon Rice and Tom Sheen preview Chelsea's game against Sporting Lisbon, knowing they are already through to the next round

Demba Ba

Transfer news: Demba Ba switch to Trabzonspor on hold after Fernando Torres injury

Former Newcastle forward is still needed at Stamford Bridge, for now

Michael Essien

Transfer news: West Ham fail with last minute move for Michael Essien as AC Milan loan draws closer

Hammers miss out on Ghana international to AC Milan

Chelsea captain John Terry is 'resigned to leaving' Stamford Bridge

Transfer news: Chelsea captain John Terry 'resigned to leaving' Stamford Bridge - reports

Blues legend set for the exit as Mourinho plans for the future

Mohamed Salah scores the winning goal for Basel against his new club

Player profile: Who is Chelsea's new £12m man, Mohamed Salah?

All the information you need to know on the Blues' new Egyptian midfielder

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm signing of Liverpool 'target' Mohamed Salah

The Blues have announced a deal has been agreed for the 21-year-old

Chelsea ready to pay-off Michael Essien's contract to speed up AC Milan switch

Transfer news: Chelsea ready to pay-off Michael Essien's contract to speed up AC Milan switch - reports

Blues willing to pay Essien a lump some to speed up move to AC Milan

Ross Barkley

Transfer news: Chelsea will reportedly turn their attentions to Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw after Juan Mata sale

Blues keen to strengthn their home-grown ranks over the coming seasons

David Moyes smiles after Manchester United beat Swansea 2-0
Atlético Madrid willing to spend big to sign Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois

Transfer news: Atlético Madrid willing to spend big to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on permanent basis

Spanish giants willing to part with the cash required to sign Chelsea's promising goalkeeper

Jose Mourinho must still give his approval, but that is looking increasingly likely

Transfer news: Chelsea prepared to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United for fee in excess of £40m

Jose Mourinho must still give his approval, but that is looking increasingly likely

Juan Mata walks past Jose Mourinho after being substituted

Is Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata right for Manchester United? The case for and against a £40m move

Former Manchester United player Gary Neville has said Mata does not fit into United's 'philosophy', however The Independent's Kevin Garside says the Spaniard is a good fit for David Moyes' side

Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

Transfer news: Chelsea are ready to spend big if Financial Fair Play is not enforced, warns Jose Mourinho

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' is eyeing another spending spree should FFP prove ineffective

Diego Lopez, Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon

Transfer news: Manchester City plan swoop for Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez - reports

Real Madrid goalkeeper emerges as a target for Manchester City

Juan Mata walks past Jose Mourinho after being substituted

Juan Mata: Manchester United to chase playmaker with bid of at least £30m - but decision is for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

The Spaniard has struggled to make it into the first team this season, and with the World Cup looming, would arguably be keen to move on

Jose Mourinho gestures on the sidelines during Chelsea's 3- win over Manchester United

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho humbled by Football Writers' Association Tribute Award

Mourinho was the guest of honour at the award ceremony just hours after masterminding the 3-1 defeat of Manchester United

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links