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James Milner celebrates scoring City’s winner at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday

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Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal stands on the verge of remarkable comeback with a third World Cup finals

A Different League: The French defender is back in the national set-up after his liver transplant last year

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The champions have already made one 'derisory' bid for the duo and could make another £5m effort to sign the pair

Arsenal have missed out on Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo

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Manchester United are interested in Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United make £26m Fabregas bid after missing out on Thiago

Moyes faces tough fight to land ex-Arsenal star after Barcelona lose midfielder to Bayern

CEO Ed Woodward, Group Managing Director Richard Arnold, Manager David Moyes and Ryan Giggs honour King Bhumibol of Thailand

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David Moyes insists his Manchester United recruitment drive remains on track despite missing out on Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

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James Lawton: Limited powers would not suit a great manager at Manchester City

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Wayne Rooney transfer latest: Bayern Munich deny interest in 'ageing' Manchester United striker

The England international has requested a transfer

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