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La Liga teams were busy yesterday on transfer deadline day, and Barcelona were no exception, loaning Isaac Cuenca to Ajax for the remainder of the season. Elsewhere, former Barca starlet Nolito returned to La Liga, joining Granada on loan
"Cuenca is a welcome reinforcement as we still are active in three competitions and not always steady with our wingers," Ajax coach Frank de Boer said after the 4-0 Dutch cup quarter-final win over Vitesse Arnhem. Barca confirmed the deal in a statement on their website and said Ajax did not have an option to buy the player at the end of his loan stint.
Forward Diego Costa scored two penalties to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 2-1 home win over nine-man Sevilla on Thursday in an incident-packed first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal that featured three penalties from handballs.
Arsenal pulled off a coup with an £8.3million move for Malaga left back Nacho Monreal while manager Arsene Wenger will revive his interest in Barcelona striker David Villa in the summer. The 26-year-old arrived in London to complete his move to the Emirates Stadium after Gunners officials finalised the deal with Malaga officials in the afternoon.
The 25-year-old is alleged to have sought out the former Liverpool defender in the car park following the Copa del Rey clash. According to reports in Spanish newspaper Marca, Messi called Arbeloa 'stupid' during a tirade that left the Madrid player stunned. Messi is also said to have had a bust-up with Real assistant manager Aitor Karanka in the tunnel, shouting: 'What are you looking at? Shut up. You’re just [Jose] Mourinho’s puppet'.
Portuguese club Benefica and Granada CF have come to an agreement over the loan of player Manuel Agudo Duran, ‘Nolito’, who will be with Granada until 30th June 2013. The 26 year old player, previously played three seasons with Barcelona ‘B’, joining the first team in his last year.
Levante U.D. has reached an agreement with Bolonia and with Robert Acquafresca, to bring the Italian player (Turin 11/09/87) to the Spanish team. The player will be on loan with Levante until 30th June 2014 and will join the team after the obligatory medical.
Granada have signed Argentine midfielder Diego Buonanotte from La Liga rivals Malaga on a four-and-a-half year deal. Buonanotte, who was also a target of Benfica’s, has only made 18 appearances for Malaga and makes another move having come to Spain from River Plate. The 24-year-old will be presented at the club on Friday.
Malaga have signed Chile midfielder Pedro Morales until the end of the season with the option of extending his stay further, the Spanish club said in a statement on Thursday. The 27-year-old, who arrives on a free transfer after leaving Chilean club O'Higgins, replaces Argentine Diego Buonanotte who was sold earlier in the day to La Liga rivals Granada.
Real Madrid have signed Brazil midfielder Carlos Henrique Casemiro from Sao Paulo on loan with an option to buy. Casemiro, 20, already has five international caps to his name and was reportedly on the radar of several of Europe's biggest clubs, including Paris St Germain and Internazionale. He will begin his career in the Spanish capital with the club's 'B' team in the second division.
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