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Bartomeu retains Barcelona presidency

Bartomeu is back in at Barcelona. Credit: PA

Josep Maria Bartomeu has been elected as the president of Barcelona after beating Joan Laporta by over 10,000 votes.

Bartomeu, 52, stepped up to replace Sandro Rosell as president in January 2014 and oversaw Barca's Primera Division, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble in the 2014-15 season.

Figures published on the Catalan club's official website revealed Bartomeu had polled 54.63 per cent of the vote while former president Laporta, who left the role in 2010, polled 33.03 per cent.

Agusti Benedito (7.16 per cent) was third and Toni Freixa took 3.7 per cent of the vote.

Bartomeu, who in his manifesto promised to protect and reinforce the potent attacking trident formed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, will serve as president until 2021.

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Stoke sign Barcelona winger

Stoke have announced the signing of winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

El Ouriachi, who has represented Spain at youth level and has been called up by Morocco's Under-23 squad, could make his first appearance in the Potters' Asia Trophy game against Everton in Singapore on Wednesday.

The Barclays Premier League side have not announced the length of the 19-year-old's contract.

"Stoke City are pleased to confirm they have completed the signing of Moha El Ouriachi and he could make his first appearance for the Club in today's Barclays Asia Trophy tie," the club said in a statement on their official website.

"Moha turned down Barcelona's offer of a new contract in favour of a move to the Potters, where he links-up with ex-Barca players Bojan and Marc Muniesa."

Laporta promises Pogba at Barcelona if re-elected

Joan Laporta is certain that if he is elected once again as FC Barcelona president that Paul Pogba will end up signing for the Catalan club from Juventus.

Laporta is confident of bringing Pogba to Barcelona. Credit: PA

Laporta is hoping to return to Barca's top post on July 18 and is one of five candidates in the running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is standing for re-election.

French midfielder Pogba, 22, is one of the most coveted players in Europe after helping Juve win the domestic double and reach the Champions League final this season.

"The key to his signing is (Pogba's agent) Mino Raiola," Laporta said to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "It's true that I have a very good relationship with him and I believe that if I become president, Pogba will play at Barcelona."

Laporta will target Pogba at Barcelona if elected

Pogba, 22, is one of the most coveted players in Europe. Credit: PA

Joan Laporta would be keen to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba if he wins FC Barcelona's presidential election on July 18.

Pogba, 22, is one of the most coveted players in Europe after helping Juve win the domestic double and reach the Champions League final this season.

Laporta is hoping to return to Barca's top post and is one of five candidates in the running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is standing for re-election.

"Pogba would be a great signing," Laporta said to Spanish radio station Catalunya Radio. "He is a very strong player, very young and he is enthusiastic to arrive here.

"Everyone believes he would fit in Barca's system.

"I have a good relationship with Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, since the time when we signed Maxwell and (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic."

Everton confirm return of Barcelona winger

Gerard Deulofeu is on his way back. Credit: PA

Everton have re-signed winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, the Premier League have confirmed.

The Spaniard spent the 2013-14 season at Goodison Park, but will now join the club permanently from July 1 in a deal worth €6million.

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Koke set to snub Barcelona

Koke is staying in Madrid. Credit: PA

Koke's agent has admitted his client is "flattered" to be linked with a move to Barcelona, but ruled out a transfer this summer insisting the Spain midfielder is happy at Atletico Madrid.

Reports in Spain claim that Barcelona presidential candidate Josep Mario Bartomeu is looking to lure Koke, 23, who is one of the hottest properties in Europe after another strong campaign with Atletico, to the Nou Camp this summer.

"We are not surprised but flattered," Koke's agent Inaki Espizua said on Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "It's great to hear these kinds of things, especially from a club like Barca, but right now the player's position is very clear.

"He feels he is a key part of Atletico de Madrid's plans for the future and I therefore have very little else to add."

Barcelona presidential candidate makes Sergio Ramos claim

Sergio Ramos is at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Majo has revealed he has been offered the opportunity to sign Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to boost his election campaign.

Majo is one of five people in the running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is standing for re-election.

Bartomeu and former president Joan Laporta are considered the main candidates to win the election that will be held on July 18 at the Nou Camp.

"Ramos has been offered to us for some time as an electoral opportunity," Majo said to the Spanish press on Friday. "We don't know if he has been offered to others (other candidates).

"But we are not going to play that game.

"We are not going to be the reason for Sergio Ramos and his brother to increase his value at Real Madrid.

"In our case, we totally discarded it."

Barcelona defender Pique shrugs off boos

Catalan Gerard Pique is no popular in the rest of Spain. Credit: PA

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has shrugged off being jeered by some fans during Spain's 2-1 friendly win over Costa Rica.

Pique incurred the wrath of what were thought to be Real Madrid supporters during Thursday's friendly in Leon following a comment he made at his club's end-of-season celebrations at the Nou Camp last weekend.

Pique helped his team capture the treble and then rubbed salt into the wounds for Real fans when he said of Colombian singer Kevin Roldan, who performed at Cristiano Ronaldo's 30th birthday, "It all started with you".

People can express themselves freely and express what they feel.

At times you are jeered, others you are applauded. I didn't really think too much about the whistles.

I just have to face them and honestly, they don't affect me.

I have just won a treble with Barca and I'm very happy.

In the national team I feel right at home and I will always be here when called upon.

– Gerard Pique
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