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First session of the day at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
The first team continue to prepare for the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla, meaning a double training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Wednesday. Every player was available and worked out on pitch seven alongside Miranda and Riqui Puig of Barça B.

The day Barça won in Tangier | FC Barcelona
It was on 28 July 2012 that FC Barcelona visited the city of Tangier for the first time. The occasion was a preseason friendly against Raja Club Athletic Casablanca, which Barça won comfortably, 8-0, with three goals from Leo Messi, two from Alexis Sánchez and one each from Dani Alves, Sergi Gómez and Gerard Deulofeu.

Del Cerro Grande to referee Spanish Super Cup final between Barcelona and Sevilla | Marca
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has officially announced that Carlos Del Cerro Grande will take charge of the 2018 Supercopa de Espana final between Barcelona and Sevilla. This is set to be his second domestic final, after having officiated the 2016 Copa del Rey final between the same teams.

Arturo Vidal’s first 24 hours in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
He arrived at the airport together with his son and gave his first statements, before heading to the Camp Nou and a visit to the official store. There he printed out his name on a shirt and also had his photo taken. After a very intense first few hours, Vidal’s Monday also kept up the same pace. Early in the morning he underwent the medical check-ups, followed by his presentation and his first touches on the Camp Nou pitch as a Barça player.

A Chilean imprint at Barça | FC Barcelona
The last decade has been a golden era for Chilean football, with La Roja finally winning their first Copa America in 2015 and then retaining the continental title in the special centenary edition in 2016. And three members of that team, and also three of the greatest players to ever come out of the country, have all worn the Barça colours.

Barcelona vice president Mestre talks about U.S. tour, transfers and whether Real overshadowed double | ESPN
Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre sat down with ESPN FC to mull over the club’s tour of the United States, this summer’s activity in the transfer market and the idea that Real Madrid’s Champions League success overshadowed the Catalans’ domestic double last season.

Valverde looks to La Masia for solution at left-back | Marca
Lucas Digne’s departure to Everton has left Barcelona short of senior cover at left-back, so Ernesto Valverde will look to La Masia for a solution ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. Juan Miranda has been on the fringes of the first team of late, but he will now be promoted and entrusted with the role of being Jordi Alba’s deputy.

Barca’s Yerry Mina to Everton ‘today’ | Football Espana
Barcelona defender Yerry Mina will join Everton ‘in a matter of hours’ according to multiple reports in the Spanish press. The central defender has been linked to Manchester United, Everton and Lyon while Barca’s signing of Clement Lenglet this summer appears to have forced his hand for a permanent move.

Barca’s Alcacer nearing Watford move | Football Espana
Watford are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer this week, it has been reported in the ESPN FC. The 24-year-old joined the Catalan giants on a five-year contract from Valencia in 2016 in a €30m deal but has struggled for game time since, scoring 15 times in 50 appearances.

Sampdoria are interested in signing Sergi Samper | Sport
The Italian team want to reinforce their midfield after turning down the chance to sign Pedro Obiang from West Ham. Now they’ve set their sights on Barça’s former wonderkid, who hasn’t had much luck when it comes to staying fit.

Barca’s Marlon set for Serie A
Barcelona defender Marlon Santos is the subject of a €12m bid from Italian club Sassuolo, according to El Mundo Deportivo. The 22-year-old joined the Catalan giants from Fluminense in 2016 but only appeared three times in Barca’s first team before joining Nice on a two year-long loan deal last summer.