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Premier League Round-Up: 10th July

10 July 2013


As the countdown continues to the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season, we take a look at the news surrounding Palace's top flight rivals.

CARDIFF CITY

Blackpool star Tom Ince is still considering his options after Cardiff had an £8m bid for him accepted. 
His father and manager, Paul, says the winger has not made any decisions having only just returned from a summer break. 
Ince senior told the Blackpool Gazette: “Thomas knows he will play in the Premier League one day but there is no rush.
“He has said he is happy at Blackpool and really enjoys his football. He enjoys the people he plays with here and the way the fans allow him to express himself.
“Thomas only came back from holiday last week, so he has not had much time to think about the offer from Cardiff.”

CHELSEA

Out-of-contract goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has signed a one-year deal at Chelsea. 
The 40-year-old was available on a free transfer after rejecting a new deal at London neighbours Fulham. 
Australian international Schwarzer will provide much-needed competition for Blues number 1 Petr Cech, after the club released Ross Turnbull and Hilario at the end of June. 
Schwarzer told the club’s website: “It's a phenomenal club. It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here.
“It's a new beginning for the club, very exciting times and I'm just as excited as anyone else.”
Schwarzer become new manager Jose Mourinho’s third summer signing, following the arrivals of Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel. 

EVERTON

Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles have completed their moves to Everton. 
The duo both played under Roberto Martinez at Wigan and will now be re-united with the Spaniard at Goodison Park. 
Centre-back Alcaraz was available on a free transfer after leaving the Latics at the end of the season, while goalkeeper Robles, who was on loan at the DW Stadium last year, moves to Merseyside from Atletico Madrid. 
Paraguay international Alcaraz told Everton's website: “I'm really feeling enthusiastic for this new challenge in my career.
“We talked to other clubs but I am more interested in staying in the Premier League. I like this competition.”

FULHAM

Veteran midfielder Giorgos Karagounis has signed a new one-year deal at Fulham. 
The Greek international, who has won a record 125 caps, spent last season at Craven Cottage but was initially released by the club at the end of June. 
But manager Martin Jol has now decided to keep the 36-year-old in London for another season.
The former Panathinaikos, Benfica and Inter Milan midfielder was runner-up in Fulham’s player of the year award last season. 

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez claims there are “two or three” clubs interested in signing him this summer. 
The Uruguayan international was the subject of a £30m bid from Arsenal earlier this week, which was turned down by the Reds. He has also been heavily linked with Real Madrid. 
Speaking during an interview on a radio station in Uruguay, Suarez said: "You never know what's going to happen. A phone call could change my plans.
“I am talking with my agent and I always have my phone with me in case anything develops.
“There are several options. There are two or three interested clubs and Liverpool know about this.”

MANCHESTER UNITED

Robin van Persie has made the shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award after a prolific first season at Manchester United. 
The Dutchman scored 26 goals to help the club regain the Premier League title and his form has been rewarded with a place on the star-studded 10-man list.
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is also in the running for the prestigious prize, alongside four players from Champions League winners Bayern Munich. 
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo remain the clear front-runners for the award though. The winner is set to be announced on 29th August.  


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