UEFA Champions League updates: 1-7 February

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All the Champions League sides' winter transfers
Clubs may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the knockout stage
Full regulations around player registration can be found here. See article 44
Transfer windows in Russia (26 February) and Ukraine (1 March) remain open
Round of 16 starts on Tuesday 16 February. Full fixture list can be found here

Good morning – as if you need reminding, it is transfer deadline day. For the latest incomings and outgoings among the round of 16 teams, look no further than this handy one-stop shop.

It is only two weeks until the first of the round of 16 ties begin. Paris v Chelsea is among them and yesterday the Blues' long-time captain John Terry said he expects to leave the London club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Arsenal's sole January purchase so far, Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, made his debut for the Gunners in their FA Cup victory over Burnley at the weekend. Arsène Wenger has spoken about his display this morning in a press conference to preview his side's midweek Premier League encounter with Southampton.

An official statement from Manchester City has confirmed that Josep Guardola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as coach at the end of this season.

 

Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalized contractual; negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC Head Coach for the 16/17 EPL season. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.

Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the Club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation. Manuel Pellegrini, who is full supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retaining the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the Club.

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The first confirmed transfer of deadline day for a UEFA Champions League side!

Bayern have signed Serdar Tasci on loan from Spartak Moskva until the end of the season as defensive cover after injuries to Jérôme Boateng and Javi Martínez. The 28-year-old has a wealth of Bundesliga experience, including 181 appearances and a championship winners' medal with Stuttgart in 2007.

Sporting director Matthias Sammer said: "We are happy we had the opportunity to sign Tasci at such short notice. He will be able to help us with his quality and experience."  Bayern have the option of making the transfer permanent in the summer.

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The window is now closed for Bayern and Wolfsburg. Two down, 14 to go ...

Roma have signed midfielder Diego Perotti on loan until June 2017, paying Genoa €1m. The deal includes an option to make the transfer permanent for a fee of €9m. "This is a massive step in my career. I'm pleased to have joined a big club like Roma," he said.

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Dynamo Kyiv have signed Belarus U21 defensive midfielder Nikita Korzun, 20, from Dinamo Minsk.

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Benfica have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Serbian youngster Luka Jović from Crvena zvezda.

Now 18, Jović made his top-flight debut aged 16 and has been nicknamed the 'Serbian Falcao'. His former club director Zvezdan Terzić last year claimed: "Jović will become the best striker in Europe."

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Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev, 25, has departed Real Madrid to join Valencia on loan for the rest of the season. Half of Cheryshev's six club appearances this season came in the UEFA Champions League.

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Arsenal trim their squad slightly for the run-in ...

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Zenit have stepped up preparations for the second half of their season with a 2-0 victory over Brøndby at the Atlantic Cup on the Algarve.

Oleg Shatov and Axel Witsel got the goals in a match that saw debuts for Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Kokorin as half-time substitutes.

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The window is now closed for Juventus and Roma. Four down, 12 to go ...

PSV Eindhoven and Chelsea are leaving it late ...

The transfer window is now closed for most of Europe, though the fun continues for Zenit (26 February) and Dynamo Kyiv (1 March) ...

Paris will look to set a new French record of 33 Ligue 1 games without defeat when they take on Lorient on Wednesday night. Thiago Silva and Layvin Kurzawa may play, but there are doubts over David Luiz and Javier Pastore, with coach Laurent Blanc reluctant to take too many risks with his player selections as the UEFA Champions League round of 16 meeting with Chelsea looms.

"Records are not my goals - that has never been a factor in my team starting XI," he said. "We have to listen to the players - there are injuries in every team and we can't avoid that. But we have a whole season to think about, and not just the Champions League. We have to rotate the squad without being scared of injuries."

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Juventus have announced that midfielder Sami Khedira will be out for up to three weeks with a torn adductor muscle. The German international is therefore a doubt for the Bianconeri's round of 16 first leg against Bayern München, which takes place in Turin on Tuesday 23 February.

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Dynamo Kyiv have signed former Anderlecht, Fiorentina and Málaga midfielder Olexandr Yakovenko on a free transfer.

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There were league wins for Manchester City and Roma on Tuesday, but Arsenal were held ...

Jackson Martínez has joined Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande from Atlético Madrid for a reported €42m fee, six months after his arrival from Porto.

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Dynamo Kyiv have departed for Spain and their second winter training camp. Coach Serhiy Rebrov has taken 29 players, with Mykola Morozyuk left behind in Kyiv as he is expected to be out for three months due to a knee ligament injury.

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Javi Martínez is set to miss Bayern's first leg against Juventus after undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday. The Spain midfielder is expected to be out for four weeks.

Laurent Blanc will celebrate 100 Ligue 1 games as Paris boss tonight when the runaway leaders host Lorient. Victory would stretch PSG's unbeaten run to a French top-flight record of 33 games (they are currently level with Nantes in 1994/95).

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Juventus 1-0 Genoa (De Maio og 30)
Juan Cuadrado's deflected effort earned Juventus their 13th consecutive Serie A success, the Colombia winger's shot hitting Sebastian De Maio and looping over visiting keeper Mattia Perin. Simone Zaza's late red card mattered little for the Bianconeri, who remain two points adrift of pacesetters Napoli after Wednesday's fixtures.

Barcelona 7–0 Valencia (Suarez 7 12 83 88, Messi 29 59 74)
Luís Suarez and Lionel Messi all but confirmed Barcelona's place in the Copa del Rey final after this, their biggest win of the season. Suarez continued his hot form at the Camp Nou, where all nine of his goals in 2016 have now been scored, with four more for the holders. Neymar hit the upright with a penalty – awarded for a foul by Shkodran Mustafi, who was dismissed – on the stroke of half-time, but it got worse for Gary Neville's side after the break. Suarez and Messi each added two more, making the return game next Wednesday largely academic.

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Watford 0–0 Chelsea
Chelsea made it ten without defeat under Guus Hiddink. Branislav Ivanović and Diego Costa went closest inside the last 12 minutes only to be thwarted by the inspired Heurelho Gomes. The Blues rise one place to 13th in the Premier League.

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Club Brugge 1-0 Gent (Diaby 21)
On target in the first leg a fortnight ago, Abdoulay Diaby found the net again as second-placed Club Brugge defeated Eerste Klass leaders Gent on away goals in the Belgian Cup semi-finals. They play Standard Liège, 3-1 aggregate winners against Genk, in the decider.

Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Lorient (Cavani 6, Ibrahimović 55, Kurzawa 69; Raphael Guerreiro 19)
Laurent Blanc's 100th Ligue 1 fixture as Paris coach resulted in another win for the capital side, who extended their unbeaten run to a French top-flight record 33 matches. Layvin Kurzawa crossed for Zlatan Ibrahimović's 20th league goal of the campaign before rubber-stamping the champions' 14th straight victory in all competitions himself.

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L'Equipe are reporting that Paris midfielder Marco Verratti has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury. While the Ligue 1 leaders are yet to confirm the news, if true the Italian international would miss Le Classique on Sunday against Marseille and could be a doubt to face Chelsea in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on 16 February.

Some good news for Gent after their away-goals loss to Club Brugge in the Belgian Cup semi-finals last night. Captain Sven Kums has extended his contract until the summer of 2019.

Martín Cáceres will have surgery tomorrow on the right Achilles tendon he tore during Juventus's 1-0 home victory over Genoa on Wednesday. The Uruguay defender underwent a series of tests earlier today to ascertain the full extent of the injury that limited his involvement against the Rossoblù to 62 minutes.

PSV Eindhoven have confirmed Ruud van Nistelrooy will return to the club as a coach 15 years after departing as a player. The 39-year-old, who will leave his post as an assistant to the Netherlands national side at the end of the season, worked as an intern with PSV's Under-17s last season and his new role will involve coaching the strikers of that side, plus the forwards in the club's U19s and U21s.

"I've learned a lot in the past two years, not only at the UEFA coaching course but also on the pitch with PSV's U17s and U21s, and it's been great to be involved with the Dutch team as a coach," said Van Nisteloory, who was a free-scoring forward for PSV between 1998 and 2001, when he departed for Manchester United.

"In my time as an international player I saw the technical staff at work from close range, but I never realised how much time and effort this required. For my development as a coach this was a valuable experience and I'm grateful to the KNVB that they offered me this chance. I'm really looking forward to my new job at PSV, where I'm going to help the young attackers maximise their potential."

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Zenit let a two-goal lead slip in their meeting with Nörrkoping at the Atlantic Cup friendly tournament in Algarve, Portugal, but emerged with a 3-2 win regardless. Nicolas Lombaerts and Hulk struck in the first half, but two goals around the hour mark sent André Villas-Boas's side back to square one. Hulk set up Danny's for the winner on 77 minutes, though, with the result putting Zenit into the final of the competition.

Ángel Di María adorns the front page of Friday's L'Équipe. In an interview with the French sports daily, the Argentina winger speaks of Paris' "obsession" with the UEFA Champions League final, which this year takes place in Milan on 28 May. "With our game and the fame of the players in our squad, we have everything we need to reach this great final. We'll give our all to do so." Paris host Chelsea in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on 16 February.

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, out since 26 April with a knee injury, will return to action today when the club's Under-21s take on their Brighton counterparts.

Juventus defender Martín Cáceres will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon this morning. In a statement, the Bianconeri said: "The operation was successfully carried out by professor Flavio Quaglia. The Uruguayan defender is expected to be out of action for five months."

Arsenal's Tomáš Rosický has been ruled out for up to three months with a thigh problem. The setback is another blow for the midfielder, who only made his first appearance of the season last Saturday after overcoming a knee injury. Czech international Rosický will be out of contract in the summer.

Speaking at a press conference to preview the Gunners' weekend encounter with Bournemouth, manager Arsène Wenger said: "The only thing we know is that it's a bad muscular injury that will keep him out for a long time. The good news is that he will apparently not need surgery as it is a partial rupture of his tendon but how long it takes, [whether] it is two months or three months, we don't know. We are all shocked and he is the most shocked and we have to patient and hope that it is not his last game."

Kostas Mitroglou scored a hat-trick as Benfica moved top ahead of the weekend Liga schedule with a 5-0 triumph at Belenenses. Mitroglou broke the deadlock four minutes before half-time before completing his treble after the interval while Jonas also struck twice, taking his tally to 23 goals in 21 league games this term.

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Manchester City suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat in the battle of the top two in England, with leaders Leicester City now six points clear of Manuel Pellegrini's side. Two Robert Huth headers from corners either side of a tidy Riyad Mahrez finish put the Foxes 3-0 up after an hour, with Sergio Agüero's 87th-minute strike – his 14th in the league this season – scant consolation for City.

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An injury to David Silva has piled further misery on Manchester City; the Spanish international was taken off after 77 minutes of Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Leicester. Coach Manuel Pellegrini said: "I think it will be difficult for him to recover soon. We will see before the weekend."

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A comprehensive 3-0 loss at Schalke means Wolfsburg are without a win in five games since their 3-2 defeat of Manchester United on 8 December (D2 L3). The loss in in Gelsenkirchen is the first game in which the Wolves have failed to score since a 0-0 draw at Augsburg on 29 November.

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Without a win in four games in all competitions, Atlético flirted with disaster after going 1-0 down at home against Eibar, but came from behind to win 3-1. Defender José María Giménez scored only his second league goal for the club to level, and – again, following a corner – Saúl Ñíguez made it 2-1, with Fernando Torres scoring his 100th Atlético goal – and his first in all competitions since September – at the death.

A run of six straight wins in all competitions came to an end for Bundesliga leaders Bayern, Xabi Alonso dismissed late on in a goalless draw at Leverkusen. In a tight game, substitute Thomas Müller was almost the hero, twice going close after coming off the bench for Josep Guardiola's side. Of more concern, Arturo Vidal was taken off with an injury in the second half.

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Barcelona marked Luis Enrique's 100th match in charge with a hard-fought 2-0 triumph in Valencia against Levante, a result which equalled their club-record of 28 matches unbeaten in all competitions. Levante captain David Navarro deflected Jordi Alba's low cross into his own net in the first half before Luis Suárez's 20th league goal of the season – his 36th in all competitions – sealed the points in added time to restore Barça's three-point lead at the Liga summit.

Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 triumph at Bournemouth as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first league goal away from home after Mesut Özil's opener. The Gunners, who struck twice inside 88 seconds in the first half, ended their three-game barren run in front of goal and recorded their first league success since 2 January in the process. Arsène Wenger's side move level on points with second-placed north London rivals Tottenham, and trail leaders Leicester by five points ahead of their meeting next Sunday.

Gent suffered a second 1-0 reverse at title rivals Club Brugge inside five days, having also lost their midweek Belgian Cup semi-finals decider in Bruges. Lior Refaelov converted from the spot to send the hosts top on goal difference above their opponents as the Buffalos dropped to second in Belgium.

On-loan winger Juan Cuadrado got the ball rolling and Paulo Dybala helped himself to his 15th goal in all competitions this season as second-placed Juventus secured a 2-0 win at Frosinone - their 14th consecutive Serie A success. The Bianconeri remain two points adrift of pacesetters Napoli ahead of next week's top-of-the-table clash.

On-loan midfielder Marco van Ginkel sealed the three points on his Eredivisie after Santiago Arias hit PSV's opener as the leaders overcame Utrecht 2-0. Phillip Cocu's men remain a one point above Ajax at the summit after securing a sixth successive Eredivisie win, beating the side which ended their Dutch Cup hopes at the quarter-finals stage on Thursday.

Diego Costa rescued a late point for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to extend Guus Hiddink's unbeaten run to 11 as Blues coach. The hosts suffered a blow after a goalless first half, when Kurt Zouma was forced off with a knee injury on 59 minutes after landing awkwardly. Moments later, Jesse Lingard struck the opener for fifth-placed United with a brilliant turn and finish. However, Costa latched onto Cesc Fàbregas's pass before rounding David de Gea to level and dent the visitors' UEFA Champions League qualification hopes.

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is braced for bad news when Kurt Zouma undergoes tests on his injured knee tomorrow. The centre-back had to be replaced close to the hour mark during the Blues' 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United after landing awkwardly as he challenged for an aerial ball. 

"The rest of the season is hopefully too much, but tomorrow he will have an examination," said Hiddink. "If you've seen the images and have experience of hyperextensions of the knee joint, it's very bad when you land with a hyperextension of your leg. When it's like that, it's very bad, but tomorrow we'll know."

Luka Modrić found the net in spectacular fashion to keep Real Madrid in the Liga title reckoning with a 2-1 success at Granada, the Croatia midfielder applying a thundering finish five minutes from time. Zinédine Zidane's men had earlier taken the lead via Karim Benzema's 19th league strike this term, but they were pegged back by Youssef El Arabi for the struggling hosts before keeping themselves within four points of Barça.

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Paris Saint-Germain extended their record-breaking unbeaten league run to 34 games after seeing off spirited arch-rivals Marseille 2-1 in Le Classique. Zlatan Ibrahimović scored at the Stade Vélodrome with less than two minutes gone as Paris threatened to overwhelm their hosts, but Rémy Cabella scored from distance during an energetic Marseille response – and it took Ángel Di María's finish from an Ibrahimović cut-back on 71 minutes to decide the outcome, keeping the visitors 24 points clear in Ligue 1.

Roma lifted themselves within two points of a top-three spot in Italy courtesy of Wojciech Szczęsny's late point-blank save from Antonio Cassano in a 2-1 defeat of Sampdoria. The capital club had built a two-goal advantage after efforts from Alessandro Florenzi and new signing Diego Perotti, yet they were left hanging on by the end following a Miralem Pjanić own goal close to the hour mark. Former Roma forward Cassano was nonetheless unable to thwart his old side.

This blog is closing down for the night, but our continuing coverage of the UEFA Champions League teams and the 16 sides through to the knockout phase will resume on Monday.

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