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Sanchez signs for Man Utd
Alexis Sanchez has completed his move to Manchester United from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way in one of the most high-profile swap moves of all time. Sanchez has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Jose Mourinho's side, while Mkhitaryan has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract in north London. Sanchez is expected to be the highest ever paid player in the Premier League, with British media reporting a pre-tax salary of 567,000 euros a week. Sanchez's arrival also comes with a €11.4m sign-on fee, a €17m fee for his agent and a €40m transfer fee.
Rafinha leaves Barca for Inter loan
Inter have completed the signing of Barcelona's Rafinha on a loan deal until the end of the current season. The 24-year-old has been out of favour at the Camp Nou this term, having scored six times in 18 appearances last season. However, Rafinha failied to break into the first team this season after surgery on his internal meniscus towards the end of last season and a five-month rehabilitation period.
Vermaelen sidelined for two weeks
Thomas Vermaelen will miss Barca's Copa del Rey quarter-final second-leg tie against Espanyol on Thursday after scans confirmed that the Belgium defender will be out for two weeks due to a hamstring injury. The 32-year-old began the campaign as Ernesto Valverde's fourth-choice centre-back but took advantage of the long-term absences of Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano to establish himself as a key member of the squad.
Andres Iniesta, Mascherano, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele all missed Barcelona's 5-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday due to various injuries. However, the first three may have a chance to return to action against Espanyol after completing part of a training session on Monday.
Palace sign Benfica's Rakip on loan
Crystal Palace have signed Sweden Under 21 midfielder Erdal Rakip from Benfica on loan until the end of the season. Rakip joined Benfica from Malmo earlier this month and has been loaned back out. He has made 120 appearances with 12 goals for Malmo. Rakip, 21, has won 11 caps for the Sweden U21s side, and his arrival will bolster the midfield ranks at Selhurst Park.
Carroll set to miss three months
Andy Carroll will be out for three months after undergoing surgery to repair a hairline fracture to his foot. The 29-year-old West Ham United striker has been missing from the lineup since the 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on January 4, having scored a double two days previously against West Brom, his only goals of the season so far. Carroll had been the subject of interest from Chelsea during this transfer window but any hopes he had of securing a move away have ended.
West Ham's squad suffered another loss last weekend. Manuel Lanzini was forced off midway through the second half during the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth with a hamstring tear. British media reports say that the Argentine playmaker could miss up to a month of action as a result.
Hamburg hire Hollerbach as coach
Hamburg have appointed Bernd Hollerbach as their new coach on a deal until June 2019. The 48-year-old replaces Markus Gisdol, who was sacked following Sunday's 2-0 loss to bottom-placed Koln. It was the team's fourth league loss in-a-row and left Hamburg only three points off of the bottom. Hollerbach, who played almost 200 games for the club between 1996 and 2004, last coached Wuerzburger Kickers. He resigned last year as the club was relegated from the second division to the third tier of German football.
Watford appoint Gracia
Former Malaga manager Javi Gracia has been confirmed as the new head coach of Watford, with the EPL club naming their new head coach just a few hours after they confirmed the departure of Marco Silva. Gracia, 47, who has signed an 18-month contact, has previously coached clubs in his native Spain as well as Greece and Russia. Silva was sacked earlier on Sunday, with the club claiming the "unwarranted approach" from Everton last October was the catalyst for the decision.
Spanish clubs sign Saudi players
Spanish top flight clubs Villarreal, Leganes and Levante all announced loan signings of Saudi Arabia internationals until the end of the season as part of an agreement between La Liga and the Arab state's authorities. Villarreal brought in midfielder Salem Al Dawsari, while Leganes signed forward Yahia Al-Shehri. Levante signed Fahad Al-Muwallad. Before the loan signings were announced on Sunday, the vast majority of Saudi Arabia's international players competed in the country's top flight. Only one player, Mukhtar Ali, plays abroad with Dutch top flight side Vitesse Arnhem.
Vermaelen injury sours Barcelona's win
Barcelona have confirmed Thomas Vermaelen sustained a hamstring injury in the 5-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday. The centre-back pulled up in discomfort in the 38th minute at the Benito Villamarin after chasing down Sergio Leon near the halfway line. Barca later tweeted to say Vermaelen will undergo further tests on Monday to determine the severity of the problem.
Mbappe injury 'nothing serious'
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed Kylian Mbappe did not suffer a serious injury during a 2-1 defeat to Lyon on Sunday. Lyon led thanks to Nabil Fekir's second-minute free-kick when Marco Verratti delivered a raking lofted pass for Mbappe to chase into the box. Anthony Lopes raced off his line to meet Mbappe, the goalkeeper getting a touch on the ball before unintentionally clattering into the teenage striker. Mbappe received lengthy attention on the pitch but was able to walk off the field unaided before departing down the tunnel on a stretcher. "There is nothing serious," club doctor Eric Rolland told Canal+ at half-time, the medic adding that Mbappe did not need to be taken to hospital for treatment.
Atletico confirm Costa injury
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Diego Costa sustained a hamstring injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Girona and will continue to be monitored. The Spain striker was substituted just after the hour for Kevin Gameiro. Simeone said after the match that Costa had asked to come off due to injury, and the former Chelsea striker underwent further medical examinations on Sunday.
Neymar ruled out with pain in thigh
Neymar will miss Paris Saint-Germain's trip to Lyon on Sunday. According to a statement on PSG's Twitter account, the reason for Neymar's absence is pain in his right thigh, which comes after treatment for costal cartilage pain also ruled him out of the 1-0 win away at Nantes last weekend. The Brazil international played against Dijon between Nantes and Lyon, scoring four goals and assisting two more but the Ligue 1 leaders are taking no chances.
Emery also remains without Thiago Motta, who is yet to return to training after picking up an injury away at Rennes earlier this month. Hatem Ben Arfa has been ruled out with a left leg injury. However, the French capital outfit welcome Javier Pastore back for the first time since his late return from South America over the winter break.
Shattenkirk to have knee surgery
Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will have surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out indefinitely. The prized free-agent acquisition, who signed a four-year, $26.6 million deal to come to his hometown team, said Friday he has a meniscus tear in the knee that he has been playing through all season. The 28-year-old said he had a cortisone shot before the season that helped for a while, and then a platelet-rich plasma injection during the team's bye week earlier last week, but the knee didn't respond to the latter the way he hoped. He will have surgery on Monday and expects to be back before the end of the season.
injuriesNBA : Minnesota Timberwolves : 21.1.18
Butler out with sore right knee
Jimmy Butler sat out Minnesota's game Saturday night against Toronto with a sore right knee. Butler is averaging 21.7 points per game for the revamped Timberwolves, who entered with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Butler missed two games earlier this season - his first with the Timberwolves - due to injury, and Minnesota lost them both by a combined 44 points. Jamal Crawford was also ruled out for Saturday night's game with a left big toe sprain.
Dunn in concussion protocol
Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday. Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday's 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.
NFL : New England Patriots : 22.1.18
Patriots to face Eagles in Super Bowl
The defending NFL Champion New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl on February 4 in Minnesota, setting the teams up for a rematch of their 2005 league championship contest and giving Philadelphia a chance to avenge the sting of that loss. The Patriots overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC title game, while the Eagles crushed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC decider. The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have played each other 13 times in NFL history dating back to 1973. The Eagles lead the all-time head-to-head series 7-6.
Titans hire Mike Vrabel as new coach
The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach just five days after firing Mike Mularkey. This will be Vrabel's first head coaching job after 18 years in the NFL - 14 as a player and four as a coach. The Titans became the seventh NFL team to change coaches since the start of the season, and now they are the third to hire their replacement, joining Oakland and Chicago.
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