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Aston Villa complete signing of Traore from Barcelona

Traore, 19, has joined Villa from Barcelona. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Adama Traore from Barcelona.

The 19-year-old has penned a five-year deal, Villa announced in a statement, and the transfer fee could rise to from an initial £7.1m rising to £8.6m if certain clauses are met.

Barcelona have a first refusal option on the winger and can buy him back during his first three years at Villa Park, the Spanish club have announced.


Pedro hits Super Cup winner as Barcelona beat Sevilla 5-4

Andres Iniesta lifts the Super Cup after Barcelona's 5-4 victory. Credit: Reuters

Substitute Pedro struck an extra-time winner as Barcelona beat Sevilla 5-4 in the Uefa Super Cup.

Europa League champions Sevilla took an early lead through Ever Banega's third-minute free-kick, but two brilliant free-kicks from Lionel Messi in the seventh and 16th minutes quickly turned things around.

The Catalans made it 3-1 a minute before the break when Rafinha tapped in and Luis Suarez added a fourth for the treble winners seven minutes after the interval.

Five minutes later Sevilla got a goal back through Jose Antonio Reyes, before Kevin Gameiro's 72nd-minute penalty made it 4-3. Substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka then dramatically levelled with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

Reported Manchester United target Pedro came off the bench in extra-time and struck the decisive goal in the 115th minute from close range in Tbilisi.

Aston Villa set to sign Barcelona winger

Traore is set to join Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Aston Villa are closing in on Barcelona's Adama Traore, Press Association Sport understands.

The winger is not yet at the Barclays Premier League club to put the finishing touches to the deal but could be a Villa player by the time they face Manchester United on Friday.

Stoke were also interested in the 19-year-old but Villa are now understood to be in pole position.

Traore has been a long-term target of boss Tim Sherwood, who refused to discuss any deal last week.

He said: "He's a good player, but at the moment he's a Barcelona's player."

Traore, a Spain Under-19 international, has risen through the ranks at the Nou Camp and would offer Sherwood further attacking options.

He would become his 10th signing of the summer should the deal go through as Sherwood continues a summer revamp in the wake of the exits of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar.

The boss had suggested he would target English players after raiding France for Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew but instead Spaniard Traore is close to joining.

England winger Aaron Lennon is also a potential signing for Villa with the winger on the fringes at Tottenham.

Guardiola backs Pedro to be success at Man United

Guardiola has backed Pedro to be a success outside Barcelona. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola has backed Pedro to be a success at any football club in the world, including Man United.

The Barcelona winger is likely to join United this summer as a replacement for ex-Real Madrid winger and Old Trafford flop Angel Di Maria, who is moving to PSG.

Speaking at this week's pre-season Audi Cup event, Bayern manager Guardiola, who managed Pedro at Barcelona, says the Spanish winger is good enough for any team.

He told Marca:

Pedro has a lot of ability. He's a world and European champion with Spain and has won the lot with Barcelona. He's played millions of games for Barça and is good enough to play for any team he wants to.

– Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola

West Ham hopeful on permanent Song deal

Song looks set to return to West Ham permanently from Barcelona. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.

Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer - but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.

"We are in contact but it's not for the media yet," he said.


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.

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."

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