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FC Barcelona News: 31 August 2011; Transfer Deadline Today, International Break Begins

Messi and Mascherano will be in India for a few days with the Argentinian national team.
Messi and Mascherano will be in India for a few days with the Argentinian national team.

Internationals off again |
When the squad comes in to train on Wednesday there will only be seven players available - Pinto and Fontàs, as well as the injured Puyol, Piqué, Maxwell, Adriano and Afellay, as the international calendar again cuts swathes through Guardiola’s squad.

One defender, nine midfielders: Barça's thrilling formation - European, Football - The Independent
It's football, but not as we know it. Barcelona's dismantling of Villarreal on Monday night was more than just another Nou Camp annihilation. It was proof that as a new season starts in Spain Pep Guardiola's side will not be content rewriting football's record books, they want to rewrite the game's textbooks too.

Valdés reckons Paris game was key point in his career |
Valdes expressed himself "happy on a personal and collective level" for the win over Villarreal and stressed: "it was important to make a good start to the league campaign. The keeper also explained that playing behind a three man defence was nothing new: "we try out a lot of different systems in training, so we have done that before".

'La Liga is the biggest joke in the world' - Sevilla president lashes out at Real Madrid - Barcelona domination -
For Del Nido, those in charge of La Liga have consistently taken decisions which favour the giants, including the most recent ruling. "The reality is that they have chosen a terrible decision in order to continue widening the difference between the big clubs and the rest: to charge the radios," he fired to Radio Nacional de Espana on Tuesday.

Getafe president in talks with Real Madrid for Pedro Leon - report -
Getafe president Angel Torres has travelled to Madrid to discuss a transfer for Real Madrid midfielder Pedro Leon, according to AS. However, the current obstacle facing Getafe is that the Copa del Rey holders are only prepared to negotiate a permanent transfer, as Madrid feel a loan deal is unnecessary for the 23-year-old, who has no future at the club.

Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe to join Galatasaray - report -
The Dutchman has one more year to run on his contract with the Bernabeu outfit and is currently assessing his options as the transfer window gets set to close. The 24-year-old, who returned to Madrid in the summer following a season-long loan at Hercules, has been training separately from the first team.

Valencia complete deal for defender Victor Ruiz - ESPN Soccernet
Valencia have signed centre-back Victor Ruiz from Napoli on a five-year deal. Valencia technical secretary Braulio Vazquez believes the acquisition of the 22-year-old Ruiz, who helped Spain win the European Under-21 Championship earlier this summer, will prove to be ''an important step forward'' for Los Che.

Barragán moves from Valladolid to Valencia | LFP
Valencia CF have announced officially the signing of Antonio Barragán, until now Valladolid's right back. The Galician footballer, who has had spells at Sevilla, Liverpool and Deportivo de la Coruña, thus returns to the Liga BBVA and has signed until June 30th 2015.

Mouhamadou Dabo returns to France with Lyon - ESPN Soccernet
Mouhamadou Dabo has ended his 15-month spell at Sevilla, with the former St Etienne defender returning to France with Lyon. Dabo, 24, has signed a four-year contract with Les Gones and moves for a fee of €1 million, with a further &euro800,000 in possible add-ons.

Liga - Sporting sign Elias - Yahoo! Eurosport
Sporting Lisbon have signed Brazil midfielder Elias from Atletico Madrid for 8.85 million Euros. The 26-year-old has signed a contract until 2016, Sporting added in a statement. Elias joined Atletico in December last year from Corinthians and made 15 appearances, scoring two goals for the La Liga club.

Official: Granada sign Franco Jara from Benfica on loan -
Granada have announced the loan capture of Benfica forward Franco Jara for the entirety of the 2011-2012 campaign. The 23-year-old will ply his trade with the Liga new-boys for the season, with a statement on the Spanish club's official website also confirming that they have beaten a number of teams to his signature.

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