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Report: Toronto FC eyeing Sao Paolo right back on loan

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The MLS Cup champions aren’t messing around this offseason, and with an already strong lineup, Greg Vanney is prepared to add more weapons.

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Globo Esporte reported on Friday that Toronto FC is seeking a loan move for Sao Paolo defender Auro ahead of the 2018 season.

A separate report from the Toronto Sun suggested that the Eastern Conference side is ready to pay up to $750,000 for the 22-year-old right back.

Auro has been with Sao Paolo since signing professionally back in 2014, but has played on loan with several sides, including fellow Brazilian sides Linense and America Mineiro.

TFC already added defensive depth this winter with the signing of Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel.

Fan dies after falling off football stadium in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (AP) A Brazilian football fan has died after falling 25 meters from the top of Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo onto a parking lot.

The height is equivalent to an eight-story building.

Bruno Pereira da Silva, aged 23, suffered head injuries and died upon arrival at a local hospital on Sunday.

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He and other fans were attempting to jump to a section of the stadium where they could get a better view of the Sao Paulo state championship match between Sao Paulo and archrival Corinthians. The game ended 1-1.

Friends of da Silva told Brazilian media Silva was attending his first football match.

Report: Pato to Chelsea loan deal set; Corinthians include option to buy

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Whether Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea, loan or permanent, the Alexandre Pato to the Premier League rumors have been simmering for months.

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The last month or so has watched the destination narrowed to Chelsea, and the Stamford Bridge outfit has apparently landed the one-time “next big thing” on a six-month loan deal.

Sky Sports is reporting the move should be announced on Wednesday:

The Blues have agreed terms with the 26-year-old, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer transfer window.

Pato’s current club Corinthians had reportedly stated they wanted the forward to move on and they now have their wish, although the deal has not yet been officially confirmed by Chelsea.

Pato is in the middle of his best season since he concluded a trio of double-digit goal seasons with AC Milan in 2010-11. On loan with Sao Paolo in 2015, he struck 26 times in 56 matches as O Clube da Fé finished fourth in Brazil’s Serie A.

Report: Kaka gets first Brazil call-up in 19 months

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“He makes how much money? Call him up,” not a real quote from Dunga.

Orlando City SC soon-to-be attacker Kaka has earned his first call-up to the Brazilian national team in more than a year and a half, as he was included as an injury replacement for Cruzeiro midfielder Ricardo Goulart.

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Kaka, who is on loan to Sao Paolo, hasn’t played for Brazil in 19 months, but that could change with October matches against Argentina and Japan. Both games will be played in Asia.

It isn’t a weak Brazil squad, either. Oscar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho join Neymar, Miranda and David Luiz in the unit. If Kaka can regain his place in the Brazil squad at age 32, it can only help Major League Soccer.

Done Deal: Rest of Europe also provides underwhelming end to January

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Having already finished our look around the disappointing end to the Premier League January transfer window, it’s time to take a look at deals around the rest of Europe.

Spoiler alert – it’s not any better.

While Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and the like sent Premier League fans to bed wishing for more, the rest of the leagues pretty much did the same.

Here’s a snippet from elsewhere in the biggest European leagues.

ITALY:

The biggest Italian transfer news happened to be one that didn’t come off, as Nani’s potential loan moves to Inter Milan or AC Milan never materialized. Manchester United decided they wished to keep the player, and his hamstring injury is taking longer than expected to heal anyways.

LazioThe top-half hopefuls secured Chelsea striker Gael Kakuta on a loan move. It’s Kakuta’s fifth loan deal since 2011, while he has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea in that span.  With every loan deal it looks less likely that Chelsea will retain the 22-year-old long-term, and Lazio would likely hope to make the deal permanent if he impresses in Italy.

Lazio were also mentioned in rumors for Jonathan Biabiany, but the Parma attacker turned them down.

Inter MilanWhile bringing in Kakuta, Lazio sent Hernanes to Inter. More on the midfielder’s emotional farewell to Rome and switch to Milan is here.

JuventusAttempting to sell Fabio Quagliarella, Juventus brought in out-of-favor Southampton striker Pablo Osvaldo. The Old Lady gave Osvaldo a lifeline after he was dropped by Mauricio Pochettino for punching a teammate at training. The move is a loan, but Osvaldo likely won’t play for Southampton again.

They also ended up keeping Quagliarella, leaving Juventus obese at the striker position.  The Serie A leaders now own Osvaldo and Quagliarella alongside Fernando Llorente, Sebastian Giovinco, Mirko Vucinic, and star Carlos Tevez.  They also shopped Vucinic with no luck.

RomaSao Paolo defender Rafael Toloi moved to the Italian capital on a loan move with an option to buy. The 23-year-old central defender was hardly used in Brazil and will provide cover for Mehdi Benatia and Leandro Castan who continue to pick up cards.

SPAIN:

ValenciaValencia were by far the busiest Spanish club.  Los Che have officially captured 20-year-old Brazilian striker Vinicius Araujo as they attempt to save their top-10 fortunes.  The club bought 50% of his rights, and the other half remaining with his current club Cruziero.

The club also added Fulham defender Philippe Senderos in a move that shocked many.  Senderos struggled to settle in at Fulham, who currently sit in 19th in the Premier League. They also failed to announce him properly, hilariously tweeting a picture of another Fulham defender, Brede Hangeland instead. Finally, they added former Barcelona 34-year-old Seydou Keita as a free agent on a 6-month deal following his release from Chinese club Dalian Aerbin.

Valencia also offloaded Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega to Argentine giants Newell’s Old Boys, amid interest from Boca Juniors.

Atletico MadridAs they continue to battle Barcelona and Real Madrid for the league title, Atletico Madrid brought back midfielder Diego from Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season.

FRANCE:

MonacoWith Falcao out long-term after tearing his ACL, the club moved for Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov adding the closest human personification of the club.  The dead will last until the end of the season.

GERMANY:

Borussia DortmundIn the fight for second place in the Bundesliga, Jurgen Klopp captured 21-year-old Serb Milos Jojic from Partizan Belgrade on a permanent deal worth around $3 million.

Werder BremenHoping to get into the top half of the table, manager Robin Dutt snagged 29-year-old French midfielder Ludovic Obraniak to “bolster our attack.”

NurnbergCrystal Palace offloaded disappointing talent Jose Campana to FC Nurnberg on a 6-month loan, hoping to get the 20-year-old some playing time outside of their relegation battle. There is also an option for Nurnberg to purchase at the expiration of the loan.