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Real Madrid, Manchester United battle for Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains the reported move of Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal, where the 24-year-old defender would prove to be a valuable additional to the Gunners' defence.

The winter window is now open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and deals here.

TOP STORY: Real, United to battle for Bilbao's Laporte

Manchester United have been linked with young Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane due to his struggles for first-team football at the Bernabeu. Even though Real Madrid have one defender struggling to find time, the Daily Mail reported this will not stop Los Blancos' rivaling Manchester United for the...

 By Uli Hesse

Ten memorable Bundesliga post-winter-break match-days

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben believes his team are ready to continue their quest for a third straight Bundesliga title.

After 40 days, German league football finally resumes normal service on Friday. Here are 10 memorable end-of-winter-break Bundesliga matchdays:

1. Jan. 11, 1964: Even the mighty can fall

Subconsciously, fans, writers and probably even players in Germany believe that everybody is dealt a new hand during the winter break. No matter how terrible or how terrific you were in the first half of the season, it can all change once the league restarts after the turn of the year.

That's nonsense. The...

 By Alan Mtashar

Semifinal favourites Australia have to contain UAE's Omar Abdulrahman

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alan Mtashar preview the AFC Asian Cup semi-final clash between Australia and the United Arab Emirates, where Mtashar believes the Aussies should be wary of a tough task ahead.

Hosts Australia and the United Arab Emirates will meet in their maiden competitive match on Tuesday night in Newcastle to determine who will play South Korea in the Asian Cup final.

Tuesday's semifinal will feature two of the most exciting teams in this year's tournament. Both teams have come a long way since their uninspiring goalless friendly match in October last year.

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Australia enter the game as favorites after some electric displays in the group stage against Kuwait and Oman. The Socceroos...

 By Musa Okwonga

Solving Manchester United's current woes -- three practical solutions

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says it is vital for the club to win the FA Cup, which represents their best chance of silverware this season.

Manchester United are fourth in the Premier League, with the division's third-best defensive record conceding only 21 goals. They are still standing in the FA Cup following a gruesome weekend for most of their immediate rivals. According to Deloitte, they are due to have the biggest income in world football by 2017. Crisis, what crisis?

Well, there is no crisis, especially if you are a club that can spend 60 million pounds on a single player, as it did on Angel Di Maria in the summer. But there...

South Korea's remarkable renaissance under former Madrid star Uli Stielike

South Korea coach Uli Stielike and captain Ki Sung Yueng react after reaching the Asian Cup final with a 2-0 win against Iraq in Sydney.

The Taeguk Warriors became the first team to claim a spot in Saturday's AFC Asian Cup final with a 2-0 win over Iraq in Sydney on Monday night, having now gone 480 minutes without conceding a goal in the tournament.

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With five consecutive clean sheets to show, the South Koreans will head into the decider supremely confident they can make it six games without conceding. If they do, it will go a long way to claiming Asian Football's greatest prize.

It's been a remarkable renaissance for a football...

Lucas Silva's arrival at Real Madrid could lead to changes in the midfield

Real Madrid's latest signing, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva, is unveiled by the Spanish club at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Sir Alex Ferguson once said that to stay at the top in football, "you can't stand still."

Further explaining his point, he added, "There was a lot of thinking about being a step ahead, looking forward."

Ferguson's comments came after Chelsea clinched the Premier League title in 2010 and perhaps ring true with regard to Real Madrid's latest signing: Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva.

The 21-year-old arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu having been a key cog in Cruzeiro's back-to-back Brazilian championships....