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Portuguese winger bags two-goals in pre-season friendly against Crewe after he was linked with a move to AS Monaco

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Manchester United transfer news: Monaco sporting director claims United have offered Nani to the club

Portuguese winger could be on his way out of Old Trafford after Vadim Vasilyev claims the club have approached him with a view to sell

Pepe was admired by Pellegrini when he coached Real Madrid

Transfer news: Manuel Pellegrini admits the spending could continue despite having already spent £90m on new signings

City are looking to add further names to their squad having with both Pepe and Eduardo Salvio rumoured to be on the radar

Falcao in action for his new club AS Monaco

Radamel Falcao doesn't make the impression he will have hoped in his first outing for Monaco

£53m striker is booked for a series of rash challenges and hauled off by manager Claudio Ranieri at half-time after he kicks the ball into the crowd

Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003

Roman Abramovich's 10-year Chelsea anniversary: What did he ever do for us? (Spend £2 billion in 10 years at Chelsea, that's what)

On the morning of Wednesday 2 July 2003, Tim Henman was preparing for a crucial Wimbledon quarter-final and David Beckham had signed for Real Madrid, but both were elbowed off the top of the sports pages by a little-known Russian businessman.

Monaco owner is the Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev

Money no object as mighty Monaco head for Europe's top table with huge offer for Cristiano Ronaldo

French club's owner has enormous wealth and is intent on club joining elite

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Cole surprise at Wembley ovation as England draw

Wayne Rooney pictured training for United

Wayne Rooney is a 'freckled demon' and a 'hooligan' according to Spanish newspaper

Manchester United striker targeted ahead of Champions League tie against Real Madrid

Jermaine Jenas; David Bentley and Andros Townsend

QPR manager Harry Redknapp looks to make trio of remarkable transfer deadline day signings

Jermaine Jenas, David Bentley and Andros Townsend are all targets for Premier League's bottom club

Has Rooney lived up to all the early hype?

A decade ago today, striker burst on the scene with that great goal past Seaman – but are the years taking their toll, asks Simon Hart.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar

QPR in talks with Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar

QPR are in talks to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Press Association Sport understands.

Ronaldo’s 41 league goals for Real this season put him on a par with Barcelona’s Messi

James Lawton: Ronaldo's road from posturing prodigy to Real rival for Messi

There are many ways of measuring the progress of Cristiano Ronaldo from supreme young narcissist in a game designed for teams into one half of arguably the most dazzling duel that football has ever seen.

Pepe appeared to stamp on the hand of Messi

Pepe stamp on Lionel Messi overshadows Barcelona victory over Real Madrid

A stamp by Real Madrid's Pepe on Lionel Messi's hand had Jose Mourinho on the back foot after a 2-1 at home loss to Barcelona their King's Cup quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Bosingwa will not wear the shirt while Paulo Bento is in charge

Jose Bosingwa quits Portugal amid feud with coach Paulo Bento

Jose Bosingwa will not play for Portugal while Paulo Bento is in charge, the Chelsea defender was quoted as saying by sports daily 'A Bola' on Tuesday.

Carvalho storms out on Portugal at 'lack of respect'

Ricardo Carvalho retired from international football last night ahead of Portugal's Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyprus, with the Real Madrid defender saying he had been "disrespected" before he walked out of Paulo Bento's squad.

Ancelotti sacked in Goodison corridor by ruthless Chelsea

Club keen on Porto manager Villas-Boas after Italian is dismissed for 'falling short of expectations'
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