Chelsea’s Gary Cahill is congratulated by teammates as he pauses on the ground with a bloody nose after scoring during the second half of an International Champions Cup soccer match in Washington. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Chelsea striker Diego Costa and defender Gary Cahill will be fit to play against Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, manager Jose Mo(...)

 Aston Villa have once again raided France’s Ligue 1 to complete the signing of Ghana striker Jordan Ayew from Lorient. Photograph: Getty Images

Aston Villa have signed Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old has penned a five-year contract at Villa Park after leavi(...)

 Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke with  team-mate Jack Grealish. Striker Benteke has made it clear to the Birmingham-based club he wants to leave.  Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Liverpool are set to step up their pursuit of Christian Benteke in the wake of Raheem Sterling’s departure to Manchester City. But Aston Villa remain (...)

Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has confirmed Christian Benteke will be offered a new contract this summer to try to stave off interested clubs. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The Aston Villa captain, Fabian Delph, hopes Christian Benteke will remain at the club next season but has admitted he would never attempt to dissuade(...)

Despite signing for a club record fee of £24 million Darren Bent didn’t enjoy a happy time at Aston Villa and his release comes as no great surprise. Photo: Neville Williams/Getty Images

Aston Villa have offered a new contract to defender Ron Vlaar but released striker Darren Bent, the club have confirmed. Enda Stevens will also leave (...)

Tom Cleverley has been called up to the England squad for the games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. Photo:   Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Everton have agreed a deal to sign out-of-contract Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a five-year-deal. The 25-year-old will be a free agen(...)

Christian Benteke has said his future lies in the hands of his agent, who “knows what he wants”. Photograph: PA

Christian Benteke has opened the door to a possible move away from Aston Villa this summer by admitting his agent “knows what he wants”. The Belgium s(...)

Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in search of regular football, with Arsenal potential suitors. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal The three most obvious positions where Arsenal require an upgrade are goalkeeper, centre-forward and defensive midfielder. In goal Wojc(...)

Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the second goal for Arsenal in their FA cup final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0Arsenal broke records and the hearts of the 25,000 Aston Villa fans as they coasted to the biggest FA Cup final win in 21 year(...)

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has played  a key part in the club’s run to the FA Cup final. Photo:   Mike Egerton/PA

Former Aston Villa academy director Bryan Jones, who retired after a 31-year association with the club last September, talks about how Jack Grealis(...)