Sport Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on after the la Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia ended 1-1

The top two teams both missed a chance to break clear

Luis Alberto will add to Liverpool's attacking options

Luis Alberto 'looking forward' to Liverpool switch as the Sevilla midfielder arrives for medical

The Spaniard will also discuss personal terms over a move to Anfield

John Obi Mikel

Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel denies making comments about Galatasaray switch

Jose Mourinho is freshening up his midfield

England striker Andy Carroll

West Ham confirm arrival of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll in deal that could cost them £48.5m

The England striker joins the east London club on a permanent basis

Luis Alberto of Sevilla

Liverpool make 'very good offer', but it's not enough for Sevilla to sell Luis Alberto

Reports suggest the Spanish side want £7m for the midfielder

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United add another date to mammoth pre-season tour

The Red Devils will visit Stockholm in August

Andy Carroll

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll set for medical at West Ham

The England striker spent last season on loan at Upton Park

Could Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney be reunited in red next season?

Manchester United banking on emotional ties to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo...

...and will adopt softer stance than Ferguson towards Rooney in an effort to keep him at club

Manuel Pellegrini wants City to play attractive football

Five issues at the top of new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's in-tray

1 Bring harmony from discord

Many City players were deeply dispirited at the end of a difficult few years under Roberto Mancini, finding it hard to tolerate the way the Italian criticised them publicly. City hope that an older man, with better interpersonal skills, will quickly begin recreating a team ethic. At the heart of chief executive Ferran Soriano’s philosophy is the notion of a core of players steeped in the City philosophy who will teach it to newcomers. It will be for Pellegrini to help introduce that.

Isco (r) celebrates his goal with in Spain's Under-21's victory over Holland

Manchester City 'close' to signing Malaga midfielder Isco

Midfielder set to follow Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad as City continue their summer spending spree

Manuel Pellegrini

After completing deals for Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, Manchester City look to sign Manuel Pellegrini

A new manager is expected to be appointed imminently

Jesus Navas

Manchester City confirm arrival of Spain winger Jesus Navas

The deal for the 27-year-old could rise to as much as £18m

Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel future to be decided as agent jets in for crunch talks with Liverpool

The defender has been linked with a move away

Fernandinho

Manchester City sign Brazil international Fernandinho for £34m

The midfielder becomes the latest big name player to arrive at the Etihad

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup future uncertain amid 'disagreement over transfer funds'

The Dane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and PSG

Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin

Arsenal release Andrei Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci

The trio's contracts will not be renewed when they expire at the end of the month

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee