The internationals that played at the Confederations Cup trained for the second time of the preseason on Tuesday morning. After taking medical tests as well as training on Monday, on Tuesday they continued getting ready for the long season ahead.
Fabregas, 26, remains top of Moyes’ summer hitlist but a Barca insider confirmed last night: "Cesc is very flattered by United’s interest and recognises what a great opportunity they offer. But it’s only two years since he left Arsenal and he doesn’t want to turn his back on Barcelona so soon. It has been a battle trying to dislodge Xavi and Iniesta, or slot in successfully beside them, but he has had his fair share of games and wants even more."
In his first day back after the summer break and at the presentation of his new gloves, Víctor Valdés spoke about his new coach Tata Martino: "we had a chat and from the short time I’ve seen him, I can see that he’s easy to get on with – as are his assistants. He’s very excited about this big project. He wants to put his personal stamp and ensure we don’t tire of winning. He’s a very positive signing for the team".
Barcelona have unveiled plans to unearth future generations of African talent which they hope can one day follow in the footsteps of Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure and Alex Song. "This goes beyond just signing a sponsorship contract," Barcelona financial vice-president Javier Faus told BBC Sport. "We know there is a lot of talent in Africa but we are happy to provide the expertise of our coaches to help the game develop in these countries. We are doing the same thing in Israel and Palestine this summer and are also planning to bring coaches from Africa over to La Masia to see how things are done here."
This Monday afternoon, Gerardo "Tata" Martino led his first training session with all available first team players for the first time. The ten players who participated in the Confederations Cup – Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro and Neymar – were all present for this afternoon’s training session.
The expectation at Tottenham Hotspur is that if Real Madrid offer a world-record transfer fee for Gareth Bale, in excess of the £80m they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, then Spurs will sell – although they will not take players as a makeweight in the deal. The Tottenham squad returned from Hong Kong in the early hours of yesterday morning and were given the day off. They are not required in for training today either. The club are in no doubt as to Bale’s position that he wants to leave and the onus now is on Madrid to come through with a bid in excess of £80m.
Jose Mourinho insisted almost two weeks ago there was "no chance" of Luiz being sold after questions were raised over whether the Brazil star would fit into his master plan. And it is understood that stance has not shifted despite new Bayern manager Pep Guardiola targeting the 26-year-old, who he first tracked while in charge of Barcelona.
Blackburn Rovers striker Ruben Rochina is a target for La Liga new boys Elche, Sky Sports understands. Rochina is back at Ewood Park after spending the second half of last season on loan at Real Zaragoza. Rochina, who joined Blackburn in 2011 from Barcelona, found himself out of favour at Ewood Park last season.
Arsenal have entered discussions with Malaga over the transfer of Nicklas Bendtner. The Spanish side want the Gunners' Danish striker and have offered defender Jesus Gamez as a sweetener in the deal. Gamez, a right back and the club's captain, has three years left on his contract at Malaga and has been at the club for a decade.
Zamalek's attacking midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim has not yet signed for Spanish club Malaga FC, insisting that he remains committed to the Cairo giants. "I haven't signed for Malaga yet. I will respect Zamalek's decision whether they accept the offer or not," Ibrahim was quoted as saying by Ahram Sport on Monday.
Malaga and Valencia have reportedly joined the race to sign Roma front man Marco Borriello. The striker was not named in the Giallorossi squad for their Canada and USA tour, backing up the reports of an exit.