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Dani Alves set for Barcelona exit in summer of 2015 - Andoni Zubizarreta - ESPN FC
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has confirmed Dani Alves will leave Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 season. Alves, 31, had been repeatedly linked with a move away from Camp Nou this summer, with the Catalan club signing fellow Brazilian Douglas as added competition at right-back for both Alves and Martin Montoya.

Sandro Ramírez, FC Barcelona's 21st Canary Islander | FC Barcelona
Sandro Ramírez has become the 21st player from the archipelago located just off the northwest coast of Africa to have played for the Barça first team. And he did so at El Madrigal in the company of one of the finest players ever to come from his homeland, Pedro Rodríguez.

Sandro Ramírez's youth team goals | FC Barcelona
The Canary Islander (9/07/1995) made his official first team debut on Sunday at Villarreal and marked the occasion in the best possible way. He scored the only goal of the game of the match in the 82nd minute to secure three crucial points for his team. Sandro joined the Barça youth system from Unión Deportiva Las Palmas in 2009, playing for the U15 side under Víctor Sánchez, and since then he has never stopped scoring.

Inside view: The trip to Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Now you can enjoy nine minutes showing exclusive footage of the trip to El Madrigal, beginning with the train journey south, and the arrival in Villarreal, where the squad were transferred from the station to their hotel. While the players rested, other members of staff got things ready for them in the stadium.

Iniesta out of Spain squad against France and Macedonia | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta will not be joining the Spain squad for this week’s games with France and Macedonia as a result of the knee injury that caused him to sit out last weekend’s clash with Villarreal.

Solid defence marks start of the season | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s new Barça team are showing great defensive solidity so far this season, with Caludio Bravo keeping two clean sheets in the league’s opening games. It was clear from Barça’s pre-season performances that a dependable defence was going to be one of the foundations of this side, with just two goals conceded in the five pre-season friendlies.

Barca to play Barca B this week | Football Espana
Luis Enrique has arranged a friendly between Barcelona and Barca B this week to boost the fitness of Luis Suarez. Mundo Deportivo reports that 14 of the Barca first team have remained at the club during the international break and Enrique is overseeing training as normal this week.

Week without internationals | FC Barcelona
With the players given a rest day on Monday, Luis Enrique will be back training with his squad on Tuesday, though without 13 players who are off on international duty. The squad will have three morning sessions at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with Thursday’s session set for half past six in the evening.

Barca failed in Kovacic bid? | Football Espana
Barcelona tried and failed to take midfielder Mateo Kovavic from Inter, reports in Spain and Italy claim. Mundo Deportivo cites a story from Sky Italia that says Inter turned down Barca’s approach for the 20-year-old. The bid came on Monday, the final day of the summer transfer window, and the last time Barca were allowed to sign players as they face a transfer ban, subject to appeal.

Transfer grades for the elite clubs across Europe this summer - ESPN FC
Still, if you exclude Real's Cristiano Ronaldo, the Catalans now have the three best forward players in the world -- Messi is arguably the greatest of all-time; a measure of Neymar's reputation was given when Brazil lost all faith in their chances of winning the World Cup after his injury; Suarez was the Premier League top scorer and Player of the Year last season. Incredibly, they have scored 855 senior goals between them.

Ronaldo questions Madrid transfers | Football Espana
"I have strong opinions but I can’t always say what I think," Ronaldo began, according to Marca. Otherwise it would be on the front page tomorrow and I don’t want that. But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done so. But if the President thinks the best thing for the team is to sign players and let others leave, we must respect and support the decision."

Atletico Madrid complete deal to sign Alessio Cerci from Torino | Football News | Sky Sports
Cerci, 27, has signed a three-year deal with the Spanish champions. "I am very happy to have been welcomed here," he told the club's website. "I hope we can have a successful season. Atletico have given me a great opportunity and I want to prove myself."

Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo completes Valencia move | Sky Sports
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has signed for Spanish side Valencia on an initial one-year loan deal, with a view to make the move permanent next summer. Negredo scored 23 goals in his first season in England following his move from Sevilla, but the last of those came in January, with his form suffering a severe downturn.

Jose Canas has left Swansea City and joined Espanyol | Football News | Sky Sports
Canas, who leaves on a free transfer, joined Swansea from Real Betis last year, also on a three-year contract. The 27-year-old made 35 appearances for City last season, but his contract has been cancelled by mutual consent, allowing him to return to Spain.

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