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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