Man City sign goalkeeper Bravo from Barcelona
LONDON Manchester City have signed Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for an initial 18 million euros (15.37 million pounds), the clubs confirmed on Thursday.
PARIS Andreas Laudrup, son of former Denmark and Barcelona striker Michael, has joined St Etienne on loan from Danish champions Nordsjaelland until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who has played for the Denmark Under-21 team, made four Champions League appearances for Nordsjaelland this term.
"We did not sign him for his name but because of his high potential. His skills convinced us," St Etienne president Roland Romeyer told the club's website (www.asse.fr) on Thursday.
The deal includes an option for a permanent move.
Andreas was born in Barcelona where Swansea City manager Michael won four consecutive La Liga titles from 1991-94 and the first European Cup in the club's history in 1992 under coach Johan Cruyff.
Laudrup junior had a spell at Real Madrid's academy, the club his father joined in 1994 before clinching a fifth Spanish title a year later.
St Etienne, who are 10th in Ligue 1, host 12th-placed Toulouse on Friday.
(Reporting by Gregory Blachier; editing by Tony Jimenez)
MOSCOW A ban on Russia's Paralympic team competing in Rio next month is cynical and immoral, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, but he said that Moscow acknowledged mistakes it had made in tackling sports doping.
England's Tom Lewis flirted with shooting the first ever 59 on the European Tour before settling for a nine-under-par 62 and a share of the first round lead at the Made in Denmark tournament in Farso on Thursday.