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FC Barcelona News: 11 July 2014; Barça Sell Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal FC, Naymar Rooting for Lionel Messi in Final

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FC Barcelona agree terms with Arsenal for Alexis Sánchez | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Alexis Sánchez to the Premiership club. FC Barcelona thanks Alexis Sánchez for his professionalism and dedication for the three seasons that he has been in the first team squad, and wishes him all the best for the future.

Arsenal sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona | Sky Sports
The 25-year-old has joined on a long-term contract for a fee undisclosed by the club, but Sky Sports understands the figure to be in the region of £35million. Sanchez, who starred as Chile reached the last-16 of the World Cup, said: "I'm so happy to be joining Arsenal - a club with a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London."

Five Alexis Sánchez moments at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
In three seasons at the club, there are plenty of reasons to remember the Chilean's time at FC Barcelona.

Alexis Sánchez: Three years of dedication, goals and titles | FC Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez is bidding farewell to the Camp Nou after three seasons, during which he scored 47 goals from 141 matches. He won 99 games, drew 25 and lost 17. His final season, under manager Tata Martino, was one of his best as far as stats go. He netted 19 goals in La Liga and scored 2 in the Spanish Cup.

Hristo Stoichkov laments Barcelona's sale of Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal - ESPN FC
"Because of those who do not understand football we must sell the best player we have at Barca," Stoichkov said. "The policy of Barca was always like this, they do not like great players. [Alexis] is the best player for his pace, his battling qualities. He fights for every ball, he plays for the team. I like his mentality. He is leaving with his head high. He is a decisive player."

Bartomeu, Zubizarreta, and Puyol will be at the World Cup Final | FC Barcelona
Both are playing a starring role with the Argentine team: Messi has scored four goals and won four MVP trophies, whilst Mascherano is the undisputed star in the team’s midfield, as evidenced by the fact he has played every minute possible and is the player who has made more successful passes in the competition.

Neymar rooting for Lionel Messi to win World Cup, but not Argentina - ESPN FC
Brazil's injured star said he hopes Lionel Messi can win the World Cup -- but that doesn't necessarily mean he is a fan of Argentina. "I am not supporting Argentina, but my teammates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano," he said. "I support Messi FC and for everything he represents to football I hope he can win."

Fifa reject Suarez's appeal, but banned striker fights on -
Luis Suarez will make one more last-ditch effort to have his record-breaking ban reduced – in order to start the new season with Barcelona. The Uruguay striker, whose departure from Liverpool to the Nou Camp is now regarded as inevitable by the Anfield owners, had his appeal against a four-month ban rejected by Fifa.

FIFPro: FIFA ignoring a 'ticking time bomb' - ESPN FC
FIFPro has accused FIFA of "playing with lives" after allowing players to return to the pitch during the World Cup despite showing signs of concussion. Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano appeared to be concussed after a clash of heads with Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum in Wednesday's semifinal, but went on to play the full 120 minutes.

Hierro replaces Zidane as Madrid assistant -
Real Madrid has named Fernando Hierro as the replacement for Zinedine Zidane, who spent last season as Carlo Ancelotti's first-team assistant. The 46-year-old Spaniard takes on the role at the club where he made 416 appearances on the way to winning five Liga trophies and three Champions Leagues.

Adrian to join Porto | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Porto over the transfer of striker Adrian, reports in Spain have said. AS claim that Adrian has travelled to Portugal to undergo a medical prior to wrapping up a move worth around €11m, three years after moving to Vicente Calderon from Deportivo La Coruna.

Rami pays for Valencia exit | Football Espana
Adil Rami has paid €500,000 of his own money to help complete a move to Milan from Valencia. Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani told SportItalia that while the transfer hasn’t been wrapped up yet, it’s essentially a matter of time, with the centre-back taking a pay cut as well.

Deportivo La Coruna name Victor Fernandez as coach - ESPN FC
The much-travelled Fernandez takes over the reins of the newly-promoted Primera Division club following this week's sacking of Fernando Vazquez. A Depor statement read: "Victor Fernandez becomes the new coach of Deportivo after an agreement was reached this afternoon between the coach and the club.''

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