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Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has signalled his desire to leave European champions Barcelona.

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Barcaelona's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has again insisted that he is happy at the Camp Nou, amid talk of interest from several English clubs.

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Barcelona will offer Yaya Toure and Bojan Krkic to Arsenal in order to clinch the signing of Cesc Fabregas it was reported today.

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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola knows life has become much harder for them in Group F following their Champions League defeat to Rubin Kazan - but he had few complaints about his side's performance despite the 2-1 defeat.

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is confident that a deal to sign Spain striker David Villa from Valencia will be concluded in the near future.

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Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure could move to England this summer, but his agent claims he will not be joining Arsenal.

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For all the talk of their devastating attacking capabilities, Barcelona and Manchester United must sort out defensive worries for Wednesday's Champions League final.

Barcelona lift first trophy of possible treble

Three goals in a devastating nine-minute spell at the start of the second half saw Barcelona to a 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the King's Cup final last night and the first of three possible titles.

Toure agent dismisses City link

Yaya Toure's agent insists he has heard nothing from Manchester City about a potential bid for the Barcelona midfielder, and also warned any prospective suitors they may be wasting their time trying to tempt the Ivory Coast international from the Nou Camp.

Toure flattered by Arsenal and City links

Yaya Toure is happy to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City but insists his focus is currently only on trying to do well on the pitch for Barcelona.

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