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FC Barcelona News: 22 July 2016; Barcelona Agree Andre Gomes Deal, Camp Nou Undergoes Pitch Change

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Agreement with Valencia for André Gomes | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement that will bring André Gomes to the Catalan capital. Gomes will formalise the deal and be officially presented as a new FC Barcelona player next week.The 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder thus becomes the fourth reinforcement for Barça ahead of the 2016/17 season following the additions of Galician midfielder Denis Suárez and French defenders Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.

Ten things you need to know about André Gomes | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona made their fourth summer signing on Thursday evening, snapping up André Gomes from Valencia, who starred for the La Liga club in the last two seasons.To get better acquainted with the recently crowned European champion, here are ten facts that you need to know.

‘Gomes chose Barca for Messi, Iniesta’ | Football Espana
Andre Gomes reportedly made clear he wanted Barcelona if he was to leave Valencia as he wanted to play with Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. Sport says the Portugal midfielder, who on Thursday evening made a surprise move to Barca having looked set for Real Madrid, had to choose between La Blaugrana and Los Blancos after Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea dropped out.

How Barcelona could line up with Andre Gomes - Goal.com
Barcelona have continued to strengthen their squad in impressive fashion ahead of the new season, with the capture of Valencia and Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes. Head coach Luis Enrique had already made a number of inspired signings in the shape of Denis Suarez, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne before landing Gomes, who had been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Transfer news: Rakitic's agent hints at exit after questioning Barcelona's midfield buys - Goal.com
Ivan Rakitic's agent has cast doubt on the Croatia star's future at Barcelona with a cryptic tweet that appeared to question the Liga champions' transfer policy. Barcelona announced on Thursday that they had clinched a deal to bring in Portugal international Andre Gomes from Valencia.

Third day of training at Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
The first team continued its preparation for the new season with another training session on Friday morning at Ciutat Esportiva.Luis Enrique had several first team players at his disposal as well as 12 from the reserve team, the same dozen who took part in Thursday’s double session: Jose Suárez, Marlon, Martínez, Borja, Carbonell, Gumbau, Aleñà, Perea, Abeledo, Cardona, Nili and Alfaro.

Luis Enrique: Our objectives are the maximum | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique held a press conference on Thursday midday, the first of the new season, shortly after the morning training session had finished.The FC Barcelona manager, at the start of his third season at the helm,  spoke to the media about various issues surrounding the club.

Luis Enrique discusses various players in press conference | FC Barcelona
In the first chat with the media this season, the manager revealed the positions of a handful of squad members

Sergi Samper a boost to struggling La Masia academy at Barcelona - ESPN FC
The most important signings for Barcelona's identity, however, happened on Tuesday, when academy graduates Sergi Samper and Munir El Haddadi sealed new contracts. Munir has been well-known inside and outside Barcelona ever since scoring from the halfway line in the 2014 UEFA Youth League final against Benfica and consolidating himself as Barca's first choice reserve striker last term.

Agreement with Hamburg for the transfer of Halilovic | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Hamburg SV have reached an agreement for the transfer of Alen Halilovic for five million euros.The Catalan club reserves the right to repurchase the Croatian midfielder within the first two seasons he is at the German side for 10 million euros and a right of first refusal before a possible future transfer while the player is still at Hamburg.

Camp Nou begins process of changing to hybrid grass playing surface | FC Barcelona
This year there is just one change. But it’s a big one.That's because on Thursday at Camp Nou, the crews began the process that will see the stadium's playing surface switch from natural grass to hybrid grass. Crews will swap out the old lawn and put down the new surface both at Camp Nou and on Tito Vilanova Field, the first team's main training pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despí.

OPPO expands sponsorship agreement with FC Barcelona in Indonesia | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and OPPO made official this Thursday an expansion of their sponsorship agreement that will give the smartphone maker rights in Indonesia for the next two years.This strategic partnership was announced at a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday, which was attended by FC Barcelona’s Asia Pacific Managing Director, Xavier Asensi and the CEO of OPPO in Indonesia, Ivan Lau.