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FC Barcelona News: 18 July 2011; Players Back in Training, Bid for Jeffren Accepted

Jeffren looks set to leave the Catalan capital
Jeffren looks set to leave the Catalan capital

A Tale of Two Messis | The Wall Street Journal
"Messi, forgive them for they know not what they do." This homemade banner greeted the world's best player, Lionel Messi, as he strode onto the pitch for Saturday's Copa America quarterfinal between heavily favored Argentina and underdog Uruguay. Whether or not Messi spotted the message, he would have appreciated it. For a man who has been dominant for his club team, Barcelona, there's a growing sense that he has failed to deliver for his national team.

European champions back at work | FCBarcelona
The Liga and European champions got the 2011/12 season off to a start this morning with the traditional medical examinations at the Ciutat Esportiva and after that in the Camp Nou medical centre, where they did different exercises and were also had their weight and height checked.

Pique defends Xavi comments | Eurosport
"Barcelona and the players have always spoken with great respect," Pique was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Sport. "Any player suffers when there`s so much talk about his future due to the uncertainty of not knowing where he will be playing. Saying that is not a lack of respect to anybody."

Arsenal give Barcelona two weeks to meet €45m asking price for Cesc Fabregas - report | Goal
Arsenal have reportedly given Barcelona two weeks to meet their asking price of €45 million for Cesc Fabregas. The 24-year-old left the Catalan club in 2003 to join the Gunners, where he has gone on to make over 300 appearances.

Barcelona accept bid from Bolton Wanderers for Liverpool target Suarez | Click Lancashire
According to reports Bolton Wanderers are swooping for Barcelona winger Jeffren Suarez. AS claims Jeffren is set for talks with Wanderers after a bid of €6 million was accepted by Barca last night.

Capdevilla to leave for free | Eurosport
Capdevilla's agent Horacio Gaggioli told O Jogo of the situation: "We have an agreement with Villarreal that they will allow him to leave for free if an interesting offer comes in. "Benfica are a very interesting option for him, but nothing is official at the moment."

Aguero's fate decided this week | ESPN
The 23-year-old is seen by Roberto Mancini as the perfect replacement for want-away City skipper Carlos Tevez, and after the pair were eliminated from the Copa America with Argentina in the quarter-finals, a decision on Aguero's mooted transfer is imminent.

Tiago released by Juventus & will join Atletico Madrid on a one-year deal - report | Goal
Midfielder Tiago has parted company with Juventus and will move to Atletico Madrid on a free transfer, according to a report in AS. The 30-year-old, who spent the last 18 months on loan at the Madrid outfit from the Italian giants, will sign a one-year contract with Atletico with the option to extend it by another year.

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