The Thursday Match

There has only been one match today, the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. The final score was Atletico Madrid 2-1 Sevilla.

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Arsenal Sign Monreal

Arsenal have signed left-back Ignacio “Nacho” Monreal from Spanish club Malaga for £8.5m. The twenty-six-year-old has signed a four year deal with Arsenal and has played nine times for the Spanish national team since his debut in 2009.

Butland To Stoke City

Stoke City have completed the signing of Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland for £5m. The nineteen-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Stoke, but will be loaned back to Birmingham for the rest of the season. A few days ago Butland refused to hold talks with Chelsea, saying that he would only consider a move where he will play regular football.

Samba to QPR

Christopher Samba has completed his move to Queens Park Rangers from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. The club has paid a club record of £12.5 million for the defender and the twenty-eight year old has signed a lucrative four-and-a-half year contract with the London based club.

Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain

David Beckham has traveled to Paris to complete his move to wealthy club Paris Saint-Germain.  This morning he passed a medical with the club, and despite him training with Arsenal he will be set to sign a six month deal (with the option of another twelve months) with rumors that the player will be earning £150,000 a week.