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FC Barcelona News: 10 August 2014; Barça Complete Thomas Vermaelen Signing, Ibrahim Afellay Loaned to Olympiakos

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Agreement for Thomas Vermaelen to join FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Belgian player Thomas Vermaelen. He joins the Catalans on a five-year deal. He has been at the Gunners for six seasons, but came up through the ranks at Ajax Amsterdam, as well as spending one year on loan to RKC Waalwijk.

Thomas Vermaelen signs till 2019 | FC Barcelona
Thomas Vermaelen is officially a Barça player after signing a five year deal at the Club this morning. Vermaelen was accompanied at the signing by Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre.

Thomas Vermaelen: A Belgian leader with class | FC Barcelona
He was born in Belgium, but brought up through the Ajax academy in Amsterdam. And, as a good disciple of the Ajax youth system, Thomas Vermaelen (Kapellen, Belgium, 14 November 1985), the second Belgian player in Barça history, following Fernand Goyvaerts (1961-1965) is a central defender who can take the ball out of defence, is tactically very good, and is a strong tackler.

Vermaelen passes medical tests | FC Barcelona
Having passed them all, on Sunday, the Belgian international, the latest addition to Luis Enrique’s 2014/15 Barça squad, will sign his contract and be officially presented on the Camp Nou field and to the media at a press conference.

Vermaelen: "It’s an honour to play for Barça" | FC Barcelona
Thomas Vermaelen will sign a five-year contract with FC Barcelona on Sunday morning. After passing his medical on Saturday, he visited the Camp Nou facilities and posed for the traditional picture outside the club offices, with the crest in the background.

INSIDE VIEW - Vermaelen's first day | FC Barcelona
A look at Thomas Vermaelen's first day as a FC Barcelona player

Afellay loaned to Olympiakos | FC Barcelona
Ibrahim Afellay, who was excused training in Barcelona on Saturday, will play the forthcoming season at Olympiakos after an agreement was reached today for the loan of the Dutchman to the side from Piraeus.

HJK Helsinki v FC Barcelona: Six of the best! (0-6) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona made light work of their fourth preseason friendly. Goals from Munir (2), Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Bartra and Sandro brought a fantastic end to a busy week with games in Nice, Geneva and now Helsinki. The atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium couldn’t have been better, but after FCB scored three times in the first fifteen minutes, the game itself was a lop-sided affair

Hèlsinki enraptured with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
While leading the press into the commentary boxes, which are made of wood like all of the seats, one of the stewards at the venue for Barça’s game in Helsinki commented that "this is not a stadium, it’s a museum." And he was right. The ground was built in 1934 and inaugurated in 1938, 14 years before the Finnish capital hosted the Olympic Games.

Luis Enrique: "The team must be based on fierce competition" | FC Barcelona
Barça were in fine form on Saturday afternoon in Finland, sweeping HJK aside to the tune of a 6-0 win. Luis Enrique could be nothing but happy. "I liked the way we applied pressure as soon as we lost the ball, I liked everything", he said. "The things we’ve been working on were showing through but there are still a lot of things we can improve".

Munir vows to keep working for a place | FC Barcelona
Munir El Haddadi was one of the stars of the fourth friendly of the preseason. Active and dynamic, he scored two of the first three goals of the night, which made up for the two chances he missed in Nice. "I am very happy with my two goals" he said afterwards. "And I’m happy with the team and how the game ended. I’ll keep working hard and if things go well, I’ll be scoring plenty more goals".

Barca still want right-back - report | Football Espana
Barcelona don’t want to end their summer signings at Thomas Vermaelen as reports say a right-back is still on the agenda. Mundo Deportivo claim Juan Cuadrado and Lukasz Piszczeck, of Fiorentina and Borussia Dortmund respectively, are on the top of the shortlist. But the Catalans would have to pay €50m for the former and €35m for the latter, potentially pricing the players out of moves.

Litmanen: "Barça has the best players in the world, Messi and Neymar" | FC Barcelona
While FC Barcelona are in Finland, Barça TV and took the opportunity to interview Jari Litmanen at Hotel Kämp, where the players are staying in Helsinki. The greatest footballer Finland has ever produced said that "Barça always have great teams, and right now they’ve got the best two players in the world, Messi and Neymar".

Diego Lopez to AC Milan is "99 percent done" - ESPN FC
Lopez, 32, has decided to move on to a new challenge following Madrid's signing of Costa Rica international Keylor Navas from Levante as competition for Madrid veteran Iker Casillas. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Galliani told fans on Saturday: "The deal is 99 percent done."

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