Newcastle smash transfer record

European Transfer News

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has often vented his frustration over the lack of transfer movement at the relegation-threatened side.

But with the window set to close in a few hours, the Magpies have made significant breakthroughs with the additions of Italian left-back Antonio Barreca on loan from AS Monaco and Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United respectively.

Amiron arrives at St James' Park for around £21m (R365m), a historic deal that eclipses the previous record fee Newcastle have spent on a player - the £16.5m (R287m) they paid to buy Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005.

Meanwhile, Wolves completed the permanent switch for Spain international wing-back Jonny Castro Otto from Atletico Madrid.

The 24-year-old Spaniard has become the club's first signing of the January transfer window for a fee of £15m and has signed a deal until 2023.

City building for the future

Pep Guardiola's outfit have been relatively quiet in the market during the mid-season window.

But they have announced the acquisition of one of Europe's most sought after talents, Ante Palaversa from Hajduk Split.

The 18-year-old will, however, be loaned him back to the Croatian side after securing the £7m move.

Palaversa will return on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season, although City can recall him next January.

"I have not yet shown all I can and hope to play for Hajduk to justify the great trust I have received from England's champions," he told the club's website.

"There is still a lot of work ahead of me."