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Premier League Round-Up: 27th June

27 June 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. 

ARSENAL

Gonzalo Higuain is close to agreeing a move to Arsenal, according to the player’s agent. 
Nicolas Higuain, who is also the Argentine striker’s brother, believes the Gunners are set to clinch his signature despite reported interest from Juventus and Napoli.
The 25-year-old has revealed his desire to leave Real Madrid this summer, following six-and-a-half years at the Bernabeu. 
Meanwhile Swiss defender Johan Djourou looks set to leave Arsenal, after holding talks with Hannover 96, according to German newspaper, BILD.
Djourou spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga outfit. 

ASTON VILLA

Aston Villa have completed the signing of 20-year-old goalkeeper Jed Steer from fellow Premier League side Norwich.
Steer becomes Paul Lambert's sixth signing of the summer, following Alexksandar Tonev, Jores Okore, Leandro Bacuna, Nicklas Helenius and Antonio Lune through the doors at Villa Park.
Villa snapped up Steer after his contract expired at Carrow Road, but they are required to pay compensation due to Steer’s age.

EVERTON

Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright insists he is not concerned by the lack of new faces at Goodison Park so far this summer.
Everton have yet to make a signing since the arrival of Roberto Martinez as manager, while Merseyside neighbours Liverpool have strengthened their squad with no fewer than four players.
But Kenwright believes the Spaniard only needs to make small changes to his playing staff ahead of the new season.
Kenwright told Sky Sports News: “He hasn't met the squad yet. It is difficult for me talking for Roberto but he thinks the squad is fantastic.
“The first step is to get the players back and get to know them and bring in two or three.”

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he will be fit to return to action during pre-season.
The 32-year-old missed the Reds’ final two matches of the season to undergo a shoulder operation. 
But he told LFCTV: “I'm not too far away, maybe a couple of weeks away from contact and being back in full training if everything goes well. 
“It's probably the longest break I've had at this time of year - being out of the game for six weeks is enough, I'm itching to get back.”

MANCHESTER CITY

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has completed his move to Juventus. 
Tevez travelled to Turin for talks with the Italian Serie A champions yesterday, after the two clubs agreed a fee thought to be worth £12m.
The 29-year-old has now signed a three-year-deal with the club and will wear the famous number 10 shirt, previously worn by the likes of Alessandro Del Piero.
It leaves Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko as City’s only two recognised strikers, with new boss Manuel Pellegrini reportedly looking to add to his striking options this summer. 

MANCHESTER UNITED

First-team coach Rene Muelensteen has left Manchester United after 12 years at the club. 
The 49-year-old joined the club in 2001, leaving briefly for an unsuccessful spell in charge of Danish side Brondby, during the 2006/07 season. 
The Dutchman’s departure comes after former assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele left Old Trafford last month. 
Muelensteen is now set to link up with fellow countryman Guus Hiddink at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, according to The Telegraph. 


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