Birmingham City have taking David Bentley on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for the rest of the season. The 26-year-old, who has seven caps for England, has made just two Premier League appearances this term. “He’s a classy footballer and will enhance the quality of the squad,” said manager Alex McLeish.
Athletico Madrid have signed Juanfran from Osasuna for around €4m. Juanfran replaces Simao in the Madrid side who signed for Besiktas earlier this month.
After two and a half years at AC Milan, 2005 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho is returning to Brazil after signing a contract until 2014 with Flamengo. The 30-year-old forward, who joined the Rossoneri from FC Barcelona in 2008, was no longer a regular under coach Massimiliano Allegri, and said: “I came back to Brazil to play for Flamengo, and I hope to be part of the national team again.” Milan team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimović added: “I’m sorry Ronnie is no longer with us. I think he’s one of the greatest players of all time; it was an honour to play with him.”