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Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Juventus and Bayern's best and worst transfers since 2009

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In the run-up to the January transfer window, we're ranking some of the best and worst signings by Europe's elite clubs over the past decade -- just as we did for the English Premier League.

We looked at every arrival from the 2009-10 season onward -- though only permanent deals count, meaning no loans or promotions from the youth team -- and whittled down each list to five.

There's no magic formula...

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Patrick Vieira is not at the top of the Arsenal wish list for their managerial role but remains in contention, sources have told ESPN.

Former Gunners captain Vieira, who manages at French club Nice, is one of the candidates and his profile is being considered by the club's hierarchy. Reports, however, stating that he was the favourite to get the job are off the mark at the moment.

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