FC Barcelona News: 15 July 2017; Nearly Full Squad in Training, Nelson Semedo Transfer Details Surfacing

More training for Valverde’s squad | FC Barcelona
The first week back after the summer holidays was always going to be an intense one for Ernesto Valverde’s squad. On Friday, 10 more of Barcelona’s first team returned, including all of their international players, and on Saturday morning it was time to endure the first of a double training session.

Ernesto Valverde trains with near complete squad | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde almost has full squad back with him. Ten more members of the first team were back on the training field on Friday evening after taking their medicals earlier on in the day. European Internationals Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Denis Suárez, Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti were all at the Ciutat Esportiva, as were the quartet who had attended the Rakuten presentation in Japan.

What Nelson Semedo had to say at his first Barça press conference | FC Barcelona
Portuguese full-back Nélson Semedo arrived in Barcelona Friday morning before signing his deal with the Club in the afternoon. After being formally presented at Camp Nou and taking part in a photo session there, the 23-year-old rising star appeared at his first Barça press conference.

Nelson Semedo, a right full-back on the rise | FC Barcelona
Nelson Semedo is a diamond in the rough, having come up through the youth academy at Benfica before bursting onto the elite-level scene for both club and country, in this case, Portugal. They call him Nelsinho, a fitting name for this Portuguese jewel, who rose quickly from Benfica’s lower categories in 2012, and was sent on loan to Fátima for one season, only to return to Benfica before cracking the first team in 2015.

Barca to pay €50m for Semedo? | Football Espana
Barca bought Semedo for €30m on a five-year deal, but fresh reports in the Spanish Press suggest they must pay Benfica €5m for every 50 official matches he plays for a minimum of 45 minutes. However, that would only apply until the Portuguese signs another contract, while his release clause is said to stand at €100m.

Barcelona are yet to reach an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain over the sale of Marco Verratti | Mail Online
Barcelona sporting director Roberto Fernandez admits the Catalan giants are yet to reach an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain over the potential transfer of Marco Verratti. Italy international Verratti is thought to be Barcelona’s top transfer target of the summer, although PSG are reluctant to sell the 24-year-old midfielder.