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Espanyol secure full ownership rights of Leo Baptistao from Atletico Madrid

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Leo Baptistao scored six goals in 21 La Liga games for Espanyol last season.

Espanyol have bought the full rights of striker Leo Baptistao from Atletico Madrid, the Barcelona-based club have announced.

Baptistao, 24, joined Espanyol on a five-year contract from Atletico last summer, with the two clubs owning 50 percent of his sporting rights.

An Espanyol statement read: "RCD Espanyol has acquired 100 percent of the sporting rights of Leo Baptistao, who arrived at the Blanquiazul club last summer.

"Back then, the club paid €3.5 million for 50 percent of the player's...

Leo Baptistao joins Villarreal from Atletico Madrid on season-long loan

Baptistao has played for Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis over the last two years. He'll spend next season on loan to Villarreal.

Villarreal have signed Atletico Madrid striker Leo Baptistao on a season-long loan deal, with the option to make the deal permanent next summer.

The Brazilian striker spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, scoring seven goals in 25 La Liga appearances.

A statement from Villarreal read: "Villarreal have reached an agreement for Leo Baptistao to join the club next season on loan.

"The club holds an option to purchase the player next summer.''

Baptistao joined Atletico two years ago from Rayo...