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David Moyes could face struggle to land Atletico Madrid midfielder

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

Fearless Manchester City can let slide Manuel Pellegrini's goal blunder

As their fans began trooping onto planes long before dawn broke over Munich, few of them cared that Manchester City had miscalculated how many goals they needed to top their Champions League group. That City had beaten Bayern Munich in their own stadium was surely enough.

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Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Almeria on Saturday was soured slightly by an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo but Carlo Ancelotti, the Real coach, said there was nothing to worry about after the forward limped off in the second half, having scored the opening goal.

Eric Abidal is back in the France team for their play-offs after his liver transplant last year

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

Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines in pre-season action for Everton

Transfer news: Everton manager Roberto Martinez claims Manchester United offers for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini are 'getting out of hand'

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

Transfer news: Yet more woe for Arsenal as midfield target Luiz Gustavo completes move to Wolfsburg

Brazilian has chose to remain in Germany after signing a five-year deal with the Bundesliga club which raises some serious questions over why players are turning down the Gunners

Oscar winner: Spaniard Garcia turned down more lucrative offers because he is 'fascinated' by English football

Oscar Garcia: Even Pep Guardiola had to start somewhere

Brighton's new head coach tells Nick Szczepanik he is ready for big break and, after missile attack, nothing will faze him

Tito Vilanova (left) took over from Pep Guardiola in June

Tito Vilanova leaves Barcelona: A profile of his time at the Nou Camp

A look at the Barcelona coach's reign at the Nou Camp

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

In the wake of the revised view of the tenure of Roberto Mancini, there is the remarkable suggestion that Manchester City are intent on limiting the powers of his successor.

Wayne Rooney is reported to have told team-mates of Munich move

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

The England international has requested a transfer

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The Catalan club must overturn a 4-0 first leg deficit

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