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PORTUGUESE LIGA

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 FC Porto 17 5 1 56
3 Sporting 14 5 4 47
4 Braga 11 6 6 39
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 By PA Sport

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...

Liverpool's Lazar Markovic moves from Sporting to Hull City on loan

Liverpool have confirmed winger Lazar Markovic has joined relegation-threatened Hull City on loan.

The Serbia international has had his season-long stay at Sporting Lisbon terminated and he will now spend the rest of the 2016-17 campaign at the KC Stadium.

A statement on Liverpool's official website read: "Liverpool FC can confirm Lazar Markovic has joined Hull City on loan until the end of the season.

"The 22-year-old moved to Sporting CP on a temporary basis in August, but that agreement has been...

Premier League trio among clubs to scout Benfica vs. Sporting - sources

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A number of European clubs had scouts at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton were among a host of clubs scouting at Benfica's 2-1 derby win over Sporting Lisbon on Sunday, sources close to the Eagles have told ESPN FC.

Scouts from United have been regular visitors to Portugal this season as they keep a close eye on Benfica trio Victor Lindelof, Nelson Semedo and Goncalo Guedes.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is actively looking to bolster his defensive options in January and Swedish centre-back Lindelof is reportedly among his top targets.

Right-back...