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 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...
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...