Barcelona win through a Gerald Pique header that separates the two sides until the end, at the Nou camp. In the 10th minute Lionel Messi curls a free kick that is tipped off by the keeper at full stretch. Apoel get their chance through Gustavo Manduca, but the ball is tipped over the post.
Barcelona win through Neymar Santos goals. He comes from the bench to score in the 79th and 84th minutes. Dani Alves misses next match through injury. Enrique:
Douglas signs for Barcelona after passing a medical. He signs a five-year contract with the club that has purchased him from Sao Paulo at £4 million though the fee may rise to £5.5 million according to the number of games he plays.He plays the position of Defender and will wear shirt number 16.
This is the pinnacle for me – this is everything I could wish for,” he said. “I want to learn, because the game here is different to how we play in Brazil.
Vermaelen is transferring to FC Barcelona. The Catalan team have come to an agreement with Arsenal over the transfer fee for the 28 year old Belgian defender, which is reported to be around 15 million Pounds. Manchester United was looking to sign the player, but apparently lost interest after Arsenal demanded the Red Devils include a player in the deal. He must still pass a medical test and come to personal terms with the Spanish side before the deal is finalized. Arsene Wenger:
He needs to play now. He has shown an outstanding attitude but he is in a position where we wouldn’t stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.
FC Barcelona and Valècia CF have reached agreement for Mathieu to sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more. The cost of the transfer is 20 million Euros and the buyout clause will be 50 million Euros.
Suarez signs for Barcelona for a £75 million fee. The 27-year-old Uruguay striker plays as striker and will play as number nine although he cannot feature for his new club until the 26th of October as he is serving his ban imposed on him by FIFA for biting an Italian player during the World cup.
My ban is what it is and we have to accept it. I have apologised and I’ve been talking to professionals in order to deal with it. I say to all the fans do not worry about that. I won’t be doing that anymore. When I came to watch games here, I thought ‘One day I will play here’. But it seemed something far away. There were offers from other clubs but when the Barca option came up I didn’t think twice.