FC Barcelona News: 1 September 2012; Transfer Window Closes, Dani Alves Returns To Training

Looks like Alves' injury wasn't as serious as first feared.

Alves trains with the group | FC Barcelona
The players returned to training this morning to prepare this Sunday’s home game against Valencia (kick-off 9.30 pm). There was good news on the injury front with Alves, Puyol and Thiago all taking at least some part in the group workout. For the Brazilian it was his first group session since he picked up his leg injury. Tello, from Barça B, also trained with the squad.

Andrés Iniesta tops the podium | FC Barcelona
After being named MVP of Euro 2012, Andrés Iniesta gained further international recognition on Thursday evening. UEFA named him the best player in European football of the 2011/12 season. In an interview with UEFA media, the Barça midfielder repeated the message he had just made inside the Grimaldi Forum.

Falcao hat-trick leads Atletico to Super Cup win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao scored a brilliant first-half hat-trick as Atletico Madrid crushed European champions Chelsea 4-1 with a glittering display of attacking football in the Super Cup final on Friday.

Essien joins Real on loan | Sky Sports
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo confirmed Essien was set to leave on loan but the Italian also ruled out the possibility of a move to Arsenal. Instead, the 29-year-old has moved to Primera Liga champions Real, where he will be reunited with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Official: Anzhi sign Lassana Diarra on loan - Goal.com
Real Madrid have announced on their official website that they have reached an agreement with Anzhi Makhachkala over the one-season loan of Lassana Diarra, pending a medical. The Russian outfit were keen to add some more experience to their squad in order to fight for top honours, and Guus Hiddink sees Diarra as the ideal addition to his midfield.

Swans sign Hernandez in record deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Hernandez, 27, had voiced his desire to be reunited with Michael Laudrup, having worked with the Swans boss while at Getafe. And he was delighted to put pen to paper after passing his medical, telling the club's official website: "I'm very happy to become a Swansea City player." He added: "It was my target as soon as I knew there was interest. There were offers from other clubs, but this was the only club I wanted to join."

Dos Santos makes Mallorca move | Sky Sports
He becomes the latest creative talent to head for the exits at Tottenham, with Luka Modric, Steven Pienaar and Rafael van der Vaart having been allowed to move on by Andre Villas-Boas. "Real Mallorca have reached an agreement with Tottenham for Giovani Dos Santos on a contract for the next four seasons," read a statement on Mallorca's official website.

Malaga loan Santa Cruz, Onyewu - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Santa Cruz, who was on loan at La Liga side Real Betis last season, passed a medical earlier in the day. Onyewu has played for a number of clubs in Europe including Standard Liege, Newcastle United, Inter Milan and Twente. The 30-year-old central defender is Malaga's fourth signing in the last 24 hours after they also landed Argentine striker Javier Saviola and Chile midfielder Manuel Iturra.

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