Neymar sharp in training as Barcelona complete first double session ahead of Juventus encounter

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Barcelona trained at the Red Bull Training Facility in Whippany, New York ahead of their International Champions Cup encounter against Juventus.

New coach Ernesto Valverde had the opportunity to see 26 players of his squad in action including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Neymar.

Neymar has been in the news for attracting interest from French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ligue 1 side are reportedly set to offer a world record fee by meeting his buy-out clause criteria for £196 million.

Meanwhile, after a warm-up session, the Barca players along with Neymar, took part in Rondos as they prepare for their first pre-season game against the Italian champions on Saturday.

Barca will then play against Manchester United, rivals Real Madrid and Brazilian club Chapecoense.

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma joins Stoke City on season-long loan deal

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Stoke have signed Kurt Zouma on a season-long from Chelsea, who have tied the France international to a new six-year contract.

The 22-year-old centre-half has made 71 appearances for the Blues since joining from St Etienne in 2014, but suffered a serious knee injury in February 2016, halting his progress.

He was restricted to 13 appearances for the first team last season and the arrival of Antonio Rudiger has increased competition at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea said in a statement: “Kurt Zouma has signed a new six-year contract and will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Stoke City.”

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Jose Mourinho calls for one more Manchester United signing "as soon as possible"

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Jose Mourinho urged Manchester United bosses to wrap up the club’s transfer business as quickly as possible after watching new signing Romelu Lukaku find the net once more in a 2-0 win over Manchester City on Thursday.

Lukaku, who joined United last week from Everton in a British record transfer, bagged his second goal in as many starts while teenager Marcus Rashford also scored in the win at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

Afterwards a satisfied Mourinho expressed delight with the way that Lukaku and fellow new recruit, defender Victor Lindelof, had settled in at the club.

But the Portuguese manager, who wants to sign at least one more player before the window closes next month, said he hoped further transfer deals could be completed rapidly.

“When I look to the team and Lukaku, Lindelof, I would like my squad to be here, my whole squad,” Mourinho said. “If you manage to get one more player – I’m not even crying for two – if we get one player, as soon as possible.”

“Because we can see Lindelof is in a team, Lukaku is in a team. The understanding between the players, the Paul (Pogba) pass, the way Lukaku holds the ball.”

However Mourinho warned that the transfer spending of other Premier League teams made it imperative that United strengthen their squad further.

“We need a bit more and when you see the other teams in the Premier League, the way they get players and good players and you see the champions (Chelsea) buy three fantastic experienced players, City go to the market, Liverpool and West Ham gets Joe Hart, Chicharito and Arnautovic.”

“West Ham, wow! They play to win the Premier League too. So the teams are fantastic in the market and I’m waiting for a bit more.”

United face two more matches in the United States before heading back to Europe, with a game against Real Madrid in Santa Clara on Sunday followed by a game against Barcelona in Maryland next week.

“Ten days of work, two more matches here in USA and then we go to Europe,” Mourinho said.

“But I am happy with everything, the social life of the team is really good, fantastic people in the group, the new guys arrive and are at home and settled in immediately.”

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