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Defender linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City

Juan Mata (right) and David Moyes arrive at Carrington training complex on Monday

Transfer news: Manchester United are so big, we can buy top players even without Champions League pull, claims David Moyes

Juan Mata was convinced to join from Chelsea despite no guarantee the Red Devils will qualify for Europe's premier competition

Benfica striker Rodrigo

Transfer news: Arsenal rejoin the hunt for Benfica striker Rodrigo

Arsene Wenger continues the hunt for a new striker by rekindling interest in Benfica forward

Barcelona striker Neymar is helped from the pitch

Neymar in race to be fit for Champions League meeting between Barcelona and Manchester City

The Brazil international is ruled out for up to a month

David Moyes smiles after Manchester United beat Swansea 2-0

Manchester United 2 Swansea City 0 match report: Antonio Valencia steers United out of barren run

Ecuadorean winger follows up saved header to break the deadlock and Welbeck adds a second to ease the pressure on the United manager as Swansea misfire again

West Brom's new manager Pepe Mel will watch from the stands during Saturday's Premier League encounter with Southampton

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel: Who is the new manager?

The Spaniard was seen as something of left-field choice to replace Steve Clarke

The Mourinho and Rooney saga may never end

Transfer news round up: Chelsea willing to wait for Wayne Rooney; Jermain Defoe completes switch away from Tottenham; Courtois seeks Mourinho talks

The day's biggest headlines all in one place as Chelsea retain their interest in Rooney and Liverpool turn their attention to Yarmolenko

Iago Aspas scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 2-0 FA Cup win over Oldham Athletic

Transfer news: Valencia consider loan move for Liverpool forward Iago Aspas - reports

The Reds may be willing to do a deal, but are keen on keeping Aspas in the long-run

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott makes the ‘2-0’ gesture to Spurs fans as he is carried off

Transfer news: Arsenal await Theo Walcott scan to decide if they will make moves in January transfer window

Theo Walcott will have a scan on Monday to ascertain the damage done to his knee late in Saturday’s 2-0 derby win over Tottenham. Should the test reveal ligament damage, as Arsène Wenger fears, the Arsenal manager may be forced into the transfer market.

Emmanuel Adebayor has sparked Roberto Soldado into life, says Tottenham team-mate Danny Rose

Tim Sherwood has been playing the pair together since replacing Andre Villas-Boas as manager

Lionel Messi could be playing at a new stadium with Barcelona soon

Lionel Messi will be 'like a bull' when he returns for Barcelona, says Cesc Fabregas

The holder of the Ballon d'Or has been out for nearly two months

Danny Welbeck of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal

Hull v Manchester United: Danny Welbeck a doubt for Boxing Day clash

The concern is not related to problems earlier in the season

The San Mames Stadium in Bilbao was opened this year and cost £178m

European Commission confusion over Athletic Bilbao's stadium deal under investigation

Fourth state-aid case launched around the funding for new San Mames Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo opens his own museum in Madeira

European round-up: Diego Costa keeps Atletico Madrid on the trail of Barcelona

Diego Costa scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 to maintain their winning home run this season and keep pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Swansea defender Ben Davies embraces his goalkeeper Marcel Herzog despite the 1-0 defeat to St Gallen following their Europa League progression

St Gallen 1 Swansea 0: Last 32 qualification is key for Michael Laudrup as he hopes to forget poor performance

Swansea progressed from Group A despite suffering defeat in Switzerland and Laudrup claims they will forget about it within a few weeks

Michael Laudrup suffered some jitters

St Gallen 1 Swansea City 0 match report: Michael Laudrup savours moment as Swans do just enough to go through

The Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup, was delighted to reach the group stages of the Europa League, despite his side ending their Group A campaign with defeat in Switzerland.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform