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FC Barcelona News: 20 June 2011; Barça Look to Finalize Sanchez Deal, Thiago Shines, Grenada Promoted

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Thiago has been brilliant so far in the U-21 Championship
Thiago has been brilliant so far in the U-21 Championship

Chile to release Sanchez for Barca move | Eurosport
Chile coach Claudio Borghi says he will grant Alexis Sanchez permission to leave the country's pre-Copa America training camp so the forward can finalise his transfer to Barcelona. It is reported that Barcelona have agreed a deal worth 30 million euros with Udinese and Sanchez now needs to travel to Catalonia to undergo medical examinations and sign a contract with the European champions.

Iniesta: "it’ll be hard to match it next year –but we will try" | FCBarcelona
"Since the World Cup, it’s been a very good year, very beautiful and very special, in which we’ve again won many titles. What’s more, I’ve won the best title –I’m a father to a little girl". Iniesta also added: "it’ll be hard to match it next year –but we will try".

Soriano up for Udinese move | Sky Sports
Reports from both Chile and Spain suggest Barca have won the race to sign Sanchez, beating off the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Inter Milan to his coveted signature. Udinese look to have agreed to take former Espanyol striker Soriano as part of the transfer.

Ukraine U21 0-3 Spain U21: Adrian & Mata set up Belarus date in semi-finals | Goal
A slick move saw Thiago Alcantara swagger confidently through the centre of the pitch, and play in full-back Martin Montoya, whose cross found in-form Adrian at the back post, allowing the Atletico Madrid striker the most straightforward of tasks to double the lead.

Hercules midfielder Kiko Femenia: My move to Barcelona is almost complete | Goal
Midfielder Francisco ''Kiko'' Femenia has revealed that his transfer to Barcelona is very close to being completed, but added that should there be any hitch in his dream move, he insists he will have no qualms about playing for Hercules for an extra season.

Granada are La Liga team number 20 for the 2011-12 season | FCBarcelona
After 35 years out of the top flight, Granada won the play off final against Elche to ensure they will again be playing the likes of Barça next season. Granada join the automatically promoted sides Betis and Rayo in La Liga for the 2011-12 season.

Maradona: Aguero to stay in Madrid | Eurosport
Maradona says Aguero, who has announced he wants to leave Atleti in search of a new challenge, will not consider moving away from the Spanish capital. That would seemingly leave Real Madrid as the overwhelming favourites to have Aguero as a member of their squad when the new season starts in August.

Atletico Madrid's Tomas Ujfalusi to complete switch to Galatasaray on Monday | Goal
Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi is on the verge of joining Galatasaray and is expected to sign a contract on Monday, the club have confirmed. The Czech stopper will undergo a medical before putting pen to paper on a deal with the Istanbul outfit.

Benfica make €7m offer for Almeria's Pablo Piatti - report | Goal
Benfica could be set to capture Almeria playmaker Pablo Piatti after tabling a €7 million offer for the Argentine, according to O Jogo. Despite Almeria's relegation from La Liga last season, the 22-year-old impressed for the Andalucian club, scoring a total of eight league goals in 35 appearances.

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