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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 31, 2007

Arbeloa and Duran switch La Liga for Liverpool

Liverpool have completed the signings of Spanish pair Alvaro Arbeloa and Francisco Manuel Duran.

The pair passed medicals on Merseyside this evening and formalities were wrapped up before the midnight transfer deadline.

Defender Arbeloa, 24, arrives from Deportivo La Coruna and is believed to be costing the club around £2.6million.

He joined Depor from Real Madrid only last summer and has made 20 appearances in the Primera Liga this season.

Midfielder Duran, 18, is being brought in from Malaga by manager Rafael Benitez to bolster the club's youth ranks.

Arbeloa admits the move to Anfield has taken him by surprise.

He told the club's website: 'Until yesterday I wasn't sure whether I was going to leave or not.

'My agent told me the deal was very advanced and I was then told that the deal had been reached between both clubs.

'For me this is a beautiful challenge and I hope everything goes well. It's a huge leap for me.'

Duran has caught Liverpool's eye with a series of impressive displays in Malaga's youth team.

He made his first-team debut earlier this season but did not have a professional contract.

'It's a unique opportunity and I couldn't let it go by,' Duran said. 'I have spoken with Rafa Benitez, and I believe that this is the best option for me.

'To play for Liverpool is a dream for me and now I only desire to fight to play finally for the club.'

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