FC Barcelona News: 13 August 2012; Barça End the Pre-Season Unbeaten, La Liga Kickoff Less Than a Week Away

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 24: Daniel Alves (L) of Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal ring the friendly match between Hamburger SV and FC barcelona at Imtech Arena on July 24, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Pre-season overview: Unbeaten Barça well prepared for new season | FC Barcelona
Bucharest was the venue for the last of FC Barcelona’s five preseason friendlies. The series has ended with three wins, 2-1 in Hamburg, 8-0 against Raja Club Athletic and 2-0 at Dinamo, and two draws, 2-2 in Paris and 0-0 with Manchester United.

International friendlies mark final week of preparation ahead of Barça's La Liga debut | FC Barcelona
The Liga is right around the corner and FC Barcelona are scheduled to kick off the 2012/13 Liga at the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad next Sunday, August 19, at 21.00. Before this weekend’s match, however, many FC Barcelona players will feature in mid-week international friendlies.

Ajax interested in Barcelona duo Tello and Sergi Roberto - report - Goal.com
The Dutch champions were recently knocked back in their attempts to land Marc Muniesa, after the defender underwent knee surgery, but they may now be set to engage in talks with the Blaugrana about the pair of Spain youth internationals.

Real ready for tough challenge | Sky Sports
Real could not have asked for a better build-up to the current campaign, scoring 14 goals and conceding just once in their four-match tour of America. "The players have finished the pre-season well and have all shown signs of being able to push themselves to the limit. The team has also performed well as a group, even in attack," Karanka added.

Valencia set to sign Nelson Valdez from Rubin Kazan - ESPN Soccernet
Valencia are set to announce the signing of Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez from Russian club Rubin Kazan for €2 million plus extras. Spanish daily AS reports that Valdez, 28, has agreed personal terms with Valencia and says the final details of the deal are almost ironed out.

Juventus in talks with Athletic Bilbao over Fernando Llorente - ESPN Soccernet
Juventus have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Athletic Bilbao over the transfer of Fernando Llorente. Llorente, 27, has entered the final year of his contract and has signalled to Athletic that he does not intend to sign an extension, with reports suggesting he is unhappy with Marcelo Bielsa's management.

Levante reinforces | LFP
Levante has signed a new player, the German Christian Lell, as the start of la Liga BBVA season approaches. A player who comes from Hertha Berlin, where he has played in the last two seasons. He is a player who grew up in the youth system at Bayern Munich and who has a lot of experience in the Bundesliga.

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