Unrelenting hunger for success sees Ferguson set the early running

United's summer spending spree reveals manager was not fooled by title triumph

Manchester United assistant-boss Rene Meulensteen eyes Wesley Sneijder swoop

Manchester United assistant-boss Rene Meulensteen has claimed that he "could not think of a more ideal player for our team" than Wesley Sneijder.

Inter Milan hopeful of retaining Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder

Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini is confident Wesley Sneijder will stay at the club this summer despite interest from several Premier League sides.

Manchester United snatch early lead over rivals City in race to spend

Manchester is seeing most of the transfer action as Ferguson shows who's boss, writes Tim Rich

Football in brief: Sneijder considers Internazionale exit

Internazionale midfielder Wesley Sneijder has left the door open for a possible move away from San Siro this summer, despite pledging his commitment to the club last week.

We know what your team needs this summer...

There will be plenty of comings and goings in the top flight during the next two months, so Jack Pitt-Brooke makes sense of budgets, potential signings and those players who are likely to be heading for the exit

Leading export Kagawa can give United balance

Shinji Kagawa can already claim to be one of Japan's most successful exports to European football. He only left his homeland last summer but was part of Borussia Dortmund's thrilling Bundesliga winners last season. Despite injuries, the 22-year-old was influential as Dortmund won their first title for nine years, and, like his team-mates, has caught the eye of some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Dalglish in chase for Henderson

Sunderland's England international Jordan Henderson has emerged as a leading target for Liverpool this summer as they seek to strengthen their midfield.

Raul strike seals Schalke's big Euro date with United

Schalke 2 Internazionale 1 (Schalke win 7-3 on aggregate)

Germans stun holders at San Siro

Internazionale 2 Schalke 5

Villa sets scoring record as Spain fight back to win

Spain striker David Villa became his country's record goalscorer when he scored twice as the world champions came from behind to beat the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 qualifier in Granada last night.

Reaction to Champions League draw

The draw for the quarter-final stage of the Champions League draw has been made. We round up the reaction...

Fabio Capello denies making deal with Champions League clubs

Fabio Capello has insisted no deals were struck with England's Champions League contenders about how he was going to handle their players in Denmark this week.

Moratti: Benitez's demands were final straw

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti admitted he lost patience with Rafael Benitez after the Spaniard demanded money to spend in the January transfer window.

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