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Transfer news: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien set for AC Milan switch

The Ghana midfielder joined Chelsea from Lyon in 2004 for £24m

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Mata is expected to complete a £37m move later today - something that has aggrieved the Arsenal manager

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World Cup 2014: Radamel Falcao could join growing list of major absentees at Brazil

Colombia striker set to miss finals in Brazil after damaging his knee in a French Cup match

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

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Deloitte Football Money League report: Arsenal can work their way up the table, claims Arsene Wenger

The Gunners are capable of pulling in huge matchday revenues

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Manchester United are reportedly set to overcome fervent efforts from Atlético Madrid to hijack their £40m-plus move for Juan Mata

Transfer news round up: Manchester United close in on Mata; Rooney fancied by Real Madrid; Arsenal rejoin the hunt for Rodrigo

Your guide to the biggest stories of the day as the transfer window slowly hots up

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Transfer news: Real Madrid plan £25m contingency move for Wayne Rooney should Sergio Agüero switch fail - reports

Manchester United may be more favourable to a deal with a foreign club as Real Madrid plan a summer raid of Old Trafford

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

Barcelona revealed their plans for the redevelopment of the Nou Camp Stadium

Barcelona set to redevelop Nou Camp to increase capacity to a staggering 105,000 - 15,000 more than its closest rival Wembley

Club president Sandro Rosell has confirmed that a vote will take place in April over whether to approve the build after plans for a new stadium were scrapped

Wayne Rooney may not recover from his groin injury in time to face Sunderland

Transfer news: Manchester United could risk losing Wayne Rooney for free in an attempt to qualify for the Champions League

United are facing up to the prospect of missing out on Europe's elite competition which coincides with Rooney heading into the final year of his contract this summer

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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

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