FC Barcelona News: 1 July 2014; Ivan Rakitic Presented at the Camp Nou, Barcelona B Defender Sergi Gomez Joins Celta Vigo

David Ramos

Ivan Rakitic arrives in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic has arrived in Barcelona. The aircraft carrying the Croat international touched down at El Prat Airport, and thus begun the player's first day as a blaugrana. At midday the former Sevilla player bid farewell to the Andalusian fans and then boarded his flight to Catalonia.

Rakitic signs contract and will wear number 4 shirt | FC Barcelona
26-year-old Ivan Rakitic is officially a Barça player after signing his new five-year contract with the Club at the Camp Nou this morning . The Croat passed his medical at the Ciutat Esportiva before signing the contract in the presence of Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Vice-President Jordi Mestre and his family who accompanied him all morning.

Ivan Rakitic's first day in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic enjoyed his first day as a blaugrana on Monday, June 30 of 2014. It was a very intense day for the Croatian. At midday he bid farewell to the Sevilla fans and by 7:20 PM CET he landed in Barcelona. The first thing he did was speak with Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com.

Rakitic passes medical | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic passed his medical at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning ahead of signing the new five-year deal with FC Barcelona at the Club offices at the Camp Nou. The Croat weighed in at 73 kilos and carried out a series of medical tests, including heart and strength tests, at the medical centre at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for about an hour.

Messi and Mascherano prepare for the knockout round | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano’s Argentina will feature in the Round of 16 in the World Cup this Tuesday. The Argentinians, who are nearly the last team to play in the knockout round, will take on Switzerland at 6:00 PM CET, in Sao Paulo. Switzerland played well in the group stage and won all of their matches save the game against France, which they lost 5-2.

Alexis and Bravo's performances in the World Cup | FC Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez and Claudio Bravo were crucial to Chile’s impressive World Cup campaign, which led to Spain being eliminated in the group stage. Chile finished second in their group, just behind the Netherlands, and were paired up with Brazil in the Round of 16. The Chilean were defeated by the host country after a 1-1 draw and a penalty shootout.

Barcelona have funds to buy Luis Suarez and any player wanted by boss Luis Enrique - ESPN FC
Barcelona vice-president Javier Faus says there is money available to sign whichever players the club wants, as speculation continues that Liverpool's Luis Suarez is bound for the Camp Nou despite being currently banned from all football for four months.

Is there a hidden agenda behind Suarez apology? -- Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
It's the kind of purchase which stinks of old-style Presidential transfer market policy - "dodgy season?" "Buy a superstar, drinks all round!" Nevertheless Barcelona have set their sights firmly on him, they are totally convinced that they'll get him and the Catalan media has been briefed to get the ticker-tape ready.

Kosovan club Hajvalia want Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez on loan - ESPN FC
With Kosovo not yet recognised as a full FIFA member, the club believe Suarez's ban would not extend to the country's league -- although financial considerations would still need to be overcome for the ambitious deal to become a reality.

Serie A pair after Adriano | Football Espana
Roma and Fiorentina are interested in signing Barcelona defender Adriano, according to reports in the Spanish Press. Catalan daily Sport has indicated that the Italian sides are the two at the head of the queue for the Brazilian left-back. The paper believes that Luis Enrique is willing to let the former Sevilla man leave the club, but for no less than €12m.

Sergi Gomez joins Celta Vigo | Football Espana
Celta Vigo have confirmed the signing of Barcelona centre-back Sergi Gomez after completing a medical. The 22-year-old made just one appearance for the first team in eight years at the club – 90 minutes in the 2010 edition of the Spanish Super Cup. But after impressing for the ‘B’ team, the Celestes have decided to take a punt on the youngster, who will join on a three-year deal.

No agreement on Toni Kroos move to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich - ESPN FC
Toni Kroos has not yet reached an agreement to join Real Madrid or any other club, his agent has told Bild. Kroos, 24, is about to move into the final year of his contract at Bayern and there is currently no new deal on the table, with the player reportedly looking for better terms. That means Bayern will consider selling him this summer rather than losing him for nothing next summer.

Cameroon in match-fixing allegation | Football Espana
Officials from the Cameroon FA are to investigate allegations of match-fixing within their own squad at this summer’s World Cup. In a conversation with German newspaper Der Spiegel, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore correctly predicted that the African side would lose 4-0 to Croatia and that a player would be sent off.

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