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FC Barcelona News: 23 July 2015; Players Arrive in San Francisco, Pedro Close to Joining Manchester United

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Squad arrive in San Francisco | FC Barcelona
Barça have arrived in San Francisco, after a flight of about an hour and twenty minutes from LA, on the second leg of their US Tour. Expectation ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester United game is already the city and the players were greeted by fans as they landed in San Francisco.

Players impressed with US reception | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic spoke to the media upon arrival in San Francisco on Wednesday and both players were obviously thrilled at the great reception the team had received in the States. Busquets insisted: "clearly it is important to experience playing wherever you can. Football is growing here and the Barça brand is growing here too.

Watch the new season's first goals | FC Barcelona
Barça kicked off their 2015/16 pre-season with a 2-1 win over Steven Gerard and Robbie Keane’s LA Galaxy on Tuesday, thanks to goals from Luis Suárez in the first half and Sergi Roberto after the break. This five-minute video gives you the chance to watch the goals and the highlights from Barça’s first game of the new campaign.

Varying fortunes for Barça's opponents in the International Champions Cup | FC Barcelona
There were varying fortunes for two of FC Barcelona’s rivals in the International Champions Cup. Manchester United, Barça’s opponents on Saturday in San Francisco, beat San José Eathquakes 3-1 with strikes from Mata, Depay and Pereira. For their part, Fiorentina, the blaugranes’ opponents on 2 August in Florence, lost 4-2 against Paris Saint-Germain, Joaquín and Guiseppe Rossi scoring for the Italians.

Andrés Iniesta and Alex Morgan meet up at the Pasadena Rose Bowl | FC Barcelona
If Kobe Bryant said hello the blaugrana first team during the morning session on Monday, this Wednesday it was the turn of one of the most recognised sportswomen in the USA, Alex Morgan. The footballer, international with the USA, is one of the most visible faces in women’s football after winning the World Cup with the national side just a few weeks ago.

Juliano Belletti visits the FCBEscola in Los Angeles | FC Barcelona
Juliano Belletti has been one of the main focuses of the official trip to the FCBEscola in Los Angeles where 120 children between the ages of 6 and 14 were waiting for him. The former FC Barcelona player spent time with them, signing autographs and even playing a little football. The FCBEscola is situated in the outskirts of Gleansdale, very close to Los Angeles.

Report: Pedro close to Man Utd | Football Espana
Manchester United are willing to pay €30m to sign Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona, reports claim, and could be close to the winger. AS say the deal would be structured as €24m up front and a further €6m in bonuses and may go through once Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu joins the players in the United States.

Barcelona join the chase for Fernando Llorente - Inside Spanish Football
Llorente is the odd man out following the arrival of Mario Mandzukic and Dybala at Juventus and while the forward has had lucrative offers from AS Monaco, Porto and several English Premier League clubs, it was reported that the player was holding out for an offer from Real Madrid. However, according to AS, Barcelona have joined the chase for Llorente, as the club is looking to bring in the towering player to help bolster their chances of set-piece success.

Gerson strikes five-year Barcelona deal - report - ESPN FC
Barcelona have struck a deal with Fluminense attacking midfielder Gerson, according to the Blaugrana's representative in Brazil. The Brazil youth international has agreed on a five-year accord with the current Champions League holders, with no stipulated time for the 18-year-old to swap teams as the player has not yet been sold by the Rio side.

Gerard López new Barça B coach | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona officially announced on Wednesday that Gerard López will be the Barça B coach for the next two seasons. The new coach, who is currently the Catalan national team boss, was born on March 12th 1979 and is himself a product of the Club’s academy system before becoming a first team player between 2000 and 2005.

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