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Barcelona sign goalkeeper Cillesen from Ajax

Ajax goalkeeper Jesper Cillesen has confirmed his transfer to Barcelona, allowing Claudio Bravo to join Manchester City.

The Dutch international tweeted a photo of himself in a Barcelona shirt along with the message "Dreams come true".

Former Arsenal defender Vermaelen joins Roma on loan

Vermaelen has joined Roma. Credit: PA

Barcelona have confirmed defender Thomas Vermaelen has joined Roma on loan for the upcoming season.

The 30-year-old Belgium centre-back travelled to Italy for a medical over the weekend and Barca announced on Monday that a deal had been finalised between the clubs.

A club statement read: "Barcelona and Roma have reached an agreement for the loan of Thomas Vermaelen for the 2016/17 season. The agreement includes an option for Roma to buy the player at the end of that season."

Vermaelen has had a difficult time at the Nou Camp since joining from Arsenal for £15million in 2014, with injuries limiting him to just 21 games in all competitions.

The former Ajax defender, who signed a five-year contract with the Spanish club, had to wait until the final match of his first season to make his Barca first-team debut after undergoing thigh surgery.

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Barcelona launch campaign to support Lionel Messi after tax fraud conviction

Barcelona have launched a campaign urging fans to "express their sympathy" in support of forward Lionel Messi after he appealed against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud imposed by a Catalan court.

Messi and his father, Jorge, were sentenced on Wednesday after a Barcelona court found them both guilty of three counts of defrauding the tax department to the tune of €4.1million.

Under Spanish law, sentences under two years are usually suspended but, nonetheless, Barca have called on supporters to voice their "unconditional support on social networks".

A statement on read: "FC Barcelona has set up a campaign in support of Leo Messi following the sentence issued this week against the Argentinian and his father.

"Using the hashtag #WeAreAllLeoMessi while posting a photo or message with both hands open, the campaign is encouraging all Barca fans to express their sympathy for the greatest footballer in the world by voicing their unconditional support on social networks.

"By making it clear that #WeAreAllMessi, we want Leo to know that he is not alone. All members, supporters clubs, fans, athletes, media and everyone else are invited to participate."

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