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Arsenal sign £16m teenager Chambers

Arsenal sign teenage Southampton defender Calum Chambers for a fee of understood to be about £16m.

Everton sign Bosnia midfielder Besic

Everton sign Ferencvaros and Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Man City & Italy racism claims probed

Fifa looks into claims a Man City player was racially abused in Croatia, and that an Italian official made racist comments.

QPR question Remy medical claims

QPR boss Harry Redknapp does not think Loic Remy's £8.5m move to Liverpool collapsed over a failed medical.

Strip-less Oldham cancel photocall

Oldham cancel a planned photocall, with new home and away strips for the coming season yet to arrive at the club.

Injured Rafael leaves Man Utd tour

Manchester United defender Rafael returns to England from the club's pre-season tour for treatment on a groin injury.

Blackpool sign midfielder Mellis

Blackpool sign ex-Barnsley midfielder Jacob Mellis, taking the number of contracted senior players at the club to nine.

Thompson an inspiration - Flitcroft

Bury boss David Flitcroft praises Joe Thompson after the winger joins them for pre-season following his battle with cancer.

Serbia appoint Advocaat as coach

Serbia appoint Dutchman Dick Advocaat as their new coach for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

Man City and Liverpool win friendlies

Manchester City hammer AC Milan 5-1 and Liverpool beat Olympiakos in pre-season friendlies in the USA.

Lovren joins Liverpool for £20m

Liverpool sign defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton for £20m - the third Saints player to move to Anfield this summer.

Atletico agree deal for Griezmann

Atletico Madrid will sign winger Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad subject to a medical.

Hull City bid for Maguire 'accepted'

Hull City consider whether to pursue the signing of Harry Maguire after belatedly having a bid accepted by Sheffield United.

Arsenal sign £3m keeper Ospina

Arsenal complete the signing of Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice on a long-term contract for about £3m.

Liverpool's move for Remy collapses

Liverpool call off their £8.5m move for QPR's striker Loic Remy amid reports that he failed a medical in the United States.

Chelsea move level with Birmingham

Chelsea move level on points with Women's Super League leaders Birmingham City following a 2-1 win against Bristol Academy.

Strip Russia of World Cup - Clegg

Russia should lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup as part of sanctions says deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

VIDEO: New Arsenal keeper Ospina's great save

Greece's Panagiotis Kone forces a fine save from Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina late in the first half.

VIDEO: Spanish league most exciting - Bale

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale says the Spanish league is "the most exciting" league and home to the "world's top players".

VIDEO: Van Gaal vents over Man Utd schedule

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal criticises his club's pre-season schedule, blaming "commercial activities" for the large amount of travel his players face.

VIDEO: Is this the most ridiculous kit ever?

Spanish lower league side Cultural Leonesa have revealed their new kit for the forthcoming season - a black and white shirt designed to look like a tuxedo.

VIDEO: Madrid fans' joy at Rodriguez signing

Real Madrid have signed World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from French league club Monaco.

VIDEO: Rodriguez's six World Cup goals

BBC Sport looks back at the six goals that secured Colombia's James Rodriguez the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot.

VIDEO: Rooney gets shooting tips from Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal pulls up Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia during pre-season training to give them tips on shooting.

VIDEO: Gerrard explains England retirement

England captain Steven Gerrard explains his retirement from international football, saying: "I've had to think of me this time".

VIDEO: Qatar World Cup 'will be in winter'

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has said he believes there is "no chance" Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup during the summer and that the tournament will more likely be staged in November or December.

VIDEO: WSL round-up: Liverpool go second

Liverpool climb to second place in the Women's Super League table after a 3-1 victory at Bristol Academy but Birmingham are top.

VIDEO: Van Gaal on 'big challenge' ahead

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he can't make predictions but hopes to fulfil expectations this season.

VIDEO: World Cup stars, villains and fails

Find out the winners in BBC Sport's alternative World Cup awards, with categories including leading man, best manager and lifetime achievement.

VIDEO: Bizarre moments of the World Cup

BBC Sport looks back at some of the more bizarre moments from the 2014 World Cup including Luis Suarez's bite and Will Ferrell gatecrashing a fan party in Recife.

VIDEO: All the goals from World Cup 2014

Watch all 171 goals from the 2014 Fifa World Cup in under three minutes, including Germany's winner against Argentina in the final.

VIDEO: Highlights: Germany 1-0 Argentina (aet)

Germany win the 2014 World Cup thanks to Mario Gotze's superb extra-time winner against Argentina at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Transfer latest - July 2014

Track all the latest signings day by day throughout the close season.

Guns, riots & tigers: Football's craziest tour

"We knew we could get shot or a Bengali tiger was going to attack us" - the story behind football's strangest pre-season.

Has the US finally fallen in love with soccer?

Simon Stone goes out and about in Los Angeles to find out if football is just a passing fix for Americans.

Major challenges for World Cup 2018

After what was largely considered to be a successful World Cup in Brazil, international attention now turns to Russia.

Manager ins and outs - July 2014

Track the managerial ins and outs and a list of every boss in the top five leagues in England and the Scottish Premiership.

Hibernian land keeper Oxley on loan

Hibernian sign 23-year-old goalkeeper Mark Oxley on a six-month loan deal from Hull City.

Striker Bony not for sale, says Monk

Garry Monk says Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is to stay at the Liberty Stadium, unless the club receive an "astronomical" offer.

Duffy treble as Derry hammer UCD

Michael Duffy hits a hat-trick as Derry City thump UCD 6-1 in the Premier Division clash in Dublin.

Gerrard's England career in pictures

A look back at Steven Gerrard's England career as the captain announces his retirement from international football.

The good, the bad and the quirky: World Cup in stats

A look at the best statistics from the 2014 Fifa World Cup, featuring the impressive and the downright dismal.

Monday's gossip column: Second edition

Liverpool move for Vermaelen, Pellegrini tight-lipped on Mangala and De Vrij set for Lazio, plus more.

Pitch invaders take Balotelli selfie

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli poses for a selfie with fans during a 5-1 friendly defeat against Manchester City.