Stoke City sign Barca’s Marc Muniesa

Premier League side Stoke City has signed Barca starlet Marc Muniesa. Muniesa was part of the Spanish under-21 side side that trounced Italy in the final a few weeks back in Israel where Thiago Alcantara got a hat trick. This signals a new direction for Stoke City and a breath of fresh air as they strive to rid themselves of their bully boy image. Read more about Marc Muniesa

David Villa given the all clear but will not play yet

Blaugrana striker David Villa has been given the all-clear by medical staff but is not expected to return to first team duties until September. Marc Muniesa has also undergone surgery and will be out for six months.