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Sebastian Coates agrees permanent deal at Sporting, leaves Sunderland

Sebastian Coates' time with Sunderland has come to an end.

Sebastian Coates has left Sunderland after agreeing a permanent switch to Sporting Lisbon.

Uruguayan defender Coates has been on loan in Portugal for more than a year and Lisbon have decided to take advantage of their option to make the deal a permanent one.

Coates, 26, made 32 appearances for Sunderland in his two spells spread over three years.

He signed until 2022 and Sporting said he now has a release clause of €45 million.

Meanwhile, winger Gelson Martins, who has been linked to...

Real Madrid's Lucas Silva joins Cruzeiro on 18-month loan deal

Hailed upon his arrival to Real Madrid, Lucas Silva never found his footing at the Bernabeu and is now on the outs at Marseille.
Lucas Silva has not played for Real Madrid this season.

Real Madrid have loaned midfielder Lucas Silva back to Brazilian club Cruzeiro, in a bid to get the forgotten man's career back on track following serious heart concerns.

Lucas joined Madrid from Cruzeiro for €14 million back in January 2015, but did not achieve regular football at the Bernabeu and then had a very disappointing time on loan at Marseille for the 2015-16 season.

The former Brazil underage international was due to join Sporting Lisbon last summer on another loan deal, only for...

 By Tom Kundert

How do Portugal's top clubs continue to win big in the transfer market?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti has his finger on the pulse of all the latest transfer news ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

And another big deal completed -- in this case by Benfica, selling Goncalo Guedes to Paris Saint-Germain for €30 million plus up to €7m on a future sell-on fee.

How is it that one of Europe's lower-profile leagues plays such a prominent role in the global transfer market and commands such high fees for its best players?

"How is it possible? Portuguese football is at the level of the best in Europe," says Portuguese agent Nuno Correia, owner of NCfoot, a Portuguese agency. "Proof...

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Liverpool eye Carvalho after sealing Coutinho deal; Hull in for Bailey

Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol dig into the latest crop of transfer rumours emerging from the January window.
Is Portugal international William Carvalho set for a move to Liverpool?

The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Liverpool turn attention to Carvalho

After tying down Philippe Coutinho to a new long-term contract, in the face of apparent competition from Barcelona, Liverpool are now targeting a new addition to strengthen their ranks -- William Carvalho.

The Reds have been eyeing up a move for the Sporting...