Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

A look at the 20-year-old Schalke midfielder as he edges towards a move to the Premier League

Kaka: Real Madrid players must work hard



Kaka has admitted Real Madrid need to combine talent with hard work if they are to fulfil their undoubted potential.

Valencia close to Manchester United deal

Manchester United are inching closer to making Antonio Valencia their first signing of the summer.

Transfer merry-go-round: Three promoted clubs need to get a move on

The publication of the new season's fixtures, fully 18 days after the FA Cup final, should have concentrated minds in the search for new talent, especially among promoted clubs. Imagine Birmingham, Burnley and Wolves contemplating the list and realising, perhaps for the first time, how daunting is the task awaiting them. One of the sub-plots of the summer has been the tendency of the two Midlands clubs to pursue the same players. Wolves struck first in securing the Red Star Belgrade forward Nenad Milijas, but failed in their attempt to sign Coventry's defender Scott Dann, who joined Birmingham instead. Here is The Independent on Sunday's comprehensive list of players (and managers) linked with English clubs in the past seven days.

Spurs attempt to set up wage deal with Real for Robben

Tottenham Hotspur want Real Madrid to subsidise Arjen Robben's wages in return for him moving to White Hart Lane, in one of the summer's more audacious transfer moves. The Dutch winger is the key target as they try to take advantage of Real Madrid's fire sale of first-team players.

Transfer Talk: 13/06/2009

They shoot...

Barça in for Benayoun

Yossi Benayoun has distanced himself from a move to European Champions Barcelona, but admits he will have to discuss his future with Liverpool.

Perez power and huge income fund Real's £250m spending spree

TV and kit deals coupled with President's pull at the banks explain cash mountain

Scotland fail to deal with Dutch class

Netherlands 3 Scotland 0

Huntelaar just the ticket as Dutch show mastery

Holland 3 Scotland 0: The future is orange, not tartan, as Scotland prove no match for hungry Holland

Huntelaar, the new Dutch goal machine

Called the world's best penalty-area predator by Louis van Gaal, the Real Madrid striker is set to savage Scotland.

Huntelaar plays down Robben rift

Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has played down reports suggesting he has fallen out with team-mate Arjen Robben.

Eto'o inspires rout of Malaga

Barcelona demolished Malaga 6-0 at the Nou Camp last night with an irresistible display of attacking football that re-established their six-point lead at the top of La Liga but it was not enough to satisfy their demanding coach Pep Guardiola.

Ramos retains Real title hopes

Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos remained upbeat after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu by city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Real prepare perfectly as Barça flop

Not content with having 24 hours longer to recover from this weekend’s league programme than Liverpool, Real Madrid raced into a 6-1 half-time lead against Real Betis on Saturday and were able to give Fabio Cannavaro, Raul and Gonzalo Higuain the second half off. They face Rafa Benitez’s side in 48 hours fresh and flying after a ninth straight win took them within seven points of Barcelona.

Huntelaar denies Real exit talk

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's representative insists the Netherlands international does not want to leave Real Madrid.

Real lose Champions League appeal

Uefa has upheld the decision to reject Real Madrid's request to register both Lassana Diarra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to play in the Champions League knockout stages.

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Sport
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Voices
Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’
voicesGrace Dent on Grange Hill and Terry Sue-Patt
Arts and Entertainment
The sight of a bucking bronco in the shape of a pink penis was too much for Hollywood actor and gay rights supporter Martin Sheen, prompting him to boycott a scene in the TV series Grace and Frankie
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
News
A poster by Durham Constabulary
news
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Emily McDowell Card that reads:
artCancer survivor Emily McDowell kicks back at the clichés
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvBadalamenti on board for third series
Life and Style
tech
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine