Antunes is Monreal’s replacement

Malaga moved on deadline day to replace Nacho Monreal at full-back with former Portugal international Vitorino Antunes.

Capped three times by his country, the 25-year-old was confirmed last night as having joined the Anchovies on an initial five-month loan agreement from Pacos Ferreira.

Malaga, who have an option in place to purchase the player in the summer, acted to bring him in after agreeing a deal to sell Spain international Monreal to Arsenal.

Antunes is much-travelled in his career, with Malaga already his ninth club, after spells with the likes of Roma and Livorno in Italy and Panionios in Greece.

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