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FC Barcelona News: 21 July 2012; Club Makes Record Profit Last Season, Dani Alves Given Medical Clearance

Sergio Araujo (L) is on the verge of joining Barça B.
Sergio Araujo (L) is on the verge of joining Barça B.

Surplus of 48.8 million euros in the 2011/12 season, highest figure in Club history | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona closed out the 2011/12 season with a historic surplus: 48.8 million euros. This Friday, economic vice-president Javier Faus said the Club made 494.9 million euros and reduced its expenses to 441.1 million. Compared to last season, the Club ended the year with a surplus of 21.5 million and spent 31.5 million less - figures that exceed last year’s budget forecasts.

Javier Faus: "We must be cautious going forward" | FC Barcelona
Javier Faus is committed to a prudent Barça in economic terms. The vice-president said, during the end-of-year financial report, that the Club "needs to be cautious" if it wants to be able to take on "ambitious future projects." Faus highlighted the Board’s obligation to look to the "medium and long term" stability of the Club even though athletic success is necessary now.

Pinto describes Villa as 'a cannon' after sustaining a bruise from Barcelona striker's shot -
Barcelona's backup custodian Jose Pinto has posted a picture online of a bruise that was left on his forearm after saving a David Villa shot, proving the attacker's fitness ahead of the new season.

Pinto: "It’s the same philosophy" | FC Barcelona
Speaking to the press after training this morning, José Manuel Pinto discussed how the first week has gone. He says the squad "is very keen, like every year … everything is rolling ahead." He feels things are much the same as ever under Tito Vilanova, adding that "it is the same philosophy".

Dani Alves gets medical clearance | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves was declared fully fit on Friday after his battle to recover from an injury to his right shoulder finally came to an end. He sustained the injury in training on May 16 and it meant he missed the Copa del Rey Final against Athletic Bilbao. It was estimated at the time that he’d need 6 to 8 weeks to recover.

Training with 19 players | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona squad completed the eighth and final training session of the first week back with 19 players (the whole of the first team that’s available plus seven from Barça B). Like on Friday, Kiko Femenía was missing due to a groin strain, on which he received treatment.

Hamburg to withhold €1.2m payment from Barcelona if Messi does not play in friendly - report -
The report states that the Imtech Arena has been completely sold out for the visit of the Blaugrana, as Hamburg prepares to celebrate a milestone in the club's history. However, it is believed that a clause was written into the contract for the friendly that stipulates that Messi must feature in the game.

Agostinho Cá and Edgar Ié sign four-year deals | FC Barcelona
Agostinho Cá and Edgar Ié are officially Barça B players. On Wednesday, FC Barcelona announced that an agreement had been reached with Sporting Clube Portugal for the two players, and this Friday both the Portuguese men passed their medicals and signed their new contracts.

Boca Juniors youngster Sergio Araujo secures two-year Barcelona loan deal -
Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici has confirmed that Sergio Araujo has signed a two-year loan deal with Barcelona. Barca, who are yet to confirm the deal themselves, will insert a clause into Araujo's contract which will allow them to purchase the player for an undisclosed fee, should they see fit.

Real Madrid's Joselu on the verge of joining Hoffenheim -
Hoffenheim are dlose to completing a deal to sign Real Madrid forward Joselu, can reveal. The talented attacker shone for Los Blancos' reserve side Castilla last season, scoring 26 goals in 36 league appearances in the third tier, and has attracted attention from overseas.

Swansea swoop for Rayo Vallecano's Michu - ESPN Soccernet
Michu, 26, has agreed a three-year contract with Swansea, with the transfer fee thought to be around €2 million. The Spaniard spent one season at Vallecano after joining from Celta Vigo in 2011, impressing as he scored 15 goals in 37 league starts.

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