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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."

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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.

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."

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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

West Ham hopeful of deal for Barcelona midfielder

West Ham say they are still hopeful of completing a permanent deal for loanee Alex Song.

The Cameroonian midfielder spent last season at Upton Park on loan from Barcelona.

Co-chairman David Sullivan has stated the club will do everything it can to keep Song in East London for the long term.

Alex Song impressed at Upton Park. Credit: PA

"I can assure you we have not given up on Alex Song yet. Before Christmas Alex was outstanding and if we believe we can get him back to that sort of form and maybe with a new manager we can, we would very much like Alex to come," Sullivan said.

"We are very thin on the ground with midfielders. You do get injuries and you need back-up. We have got Europe and other games that we want to win.

"There was not enough competition for places last season and this year we don't want the same again. If the players have a bad game they will have to fight for their position back."

Barcelona star Messi set for trial over fraud

Leo Messi is set for court. Credit: PA

Barcelona superstar Leo Messi will face trial in Spain over €4.1million of alleged unpaid taxes, a Spanish court have confirmed.

The Argentine and his father Jorge are accused of three charges of fraud from 2007, 2008 and 2009.

During these years it is alleged that Messi did not pay the correct amount of tax relating to image rights sold to third parties.

Luis Enrique extends Barcelona contract

Enrique is thrown into the air by his players after the Champions League final. Credit: PA

Luis Enrique has extended his contract at Barcelona for another year after guiding the club to an historic treble.

Reports of in-fighting and a frosty relationship with Lionel Messi earlier in the campaign had led to rumours that Enrique would leave this summer.

Instead, he had decided to remain at the club until June 2017.

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