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Premier League Round-Up: Friday 11th July 2014

11 July 2014


As the countdown continues to the start of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season, we take a look at the headlines surrounding Crystal Palace's top flight rivals. 

ARSENAL

Arsenal last night completed the signing of Chile World Cup star Alexis Sanchez.

The 25-year-old has moved to the Gunners from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £35m. 

The forward, who scored 43 times in three seasons at Camp Nou, is now in line to make his competitive debut for Arsene Wenger’s men against Crystal Palace on the opening day of the 2014/15 season. 

Wenger said: "Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad.

"He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad."

LEICESTER CITY

Leicester have a made a bid for Brighton and Hove Albion striker Leonardo Ulloa, according to Sky Sports. 

The Foxes have been linked with the 27-year-old for some time and are reported to have tabled an offer in the region of £6m for the Argentine.

Ulloa only joined Palace’s rivals in January 2013 for £2m, but the Seagulls now value him in the region of £10m after hitting 26 goals in 58 games at the Amex Stadium. 

If the deal were to go through, it would break Leicester’s club record transfer fee – the £5m they paid Wolves for Ade Akinbiyi in 2000. 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Goalkeeper Robert Green last night penned a two-year contract extension with Queens Park Rangers. 

The former England international played a key role for the Hoops last season as they won promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs. 

Green, 34, played in 45 of QPR’s 46 Championship games last term, as well as all three play-off games, which culminated in the 1-0 win over Derby County at Wembley in the final. 

He told qpr.co.uk: “I'm really pleased to have signed the contract.

“The first thing on my mind, after relaxing and enjoying winning promotion, was to get my future sorted, so I'm delighted we've managed to get everything done ahead of pre-season.”

MANCHESTER CITY

Samir Nasri has put the disappointment of missing out on this summer’s World Cup behind him by signing a new five-year contract at Manchester City. 

The French international scored 11 goals in all competitions for the Citizens last season and has been rewarded for his fine form with a long-term deal that runs until 2019.

Nasri told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy to have signed this contract and to have committed my future with City.

“I’m 27 now and if you listen to some of the best managers in the game, they say that a midfield player’s best years are between 27 and 30 so I hope that I will give my best years to City.” 

SWANSEA CITY

Garry Monk has dismissed rumours linking star striker Wilfried Bony with a move away from Swansea City by claiming he is looking forward to returning to work at the Liberty Stadium.

Bony scored 16 goals in his debut Premier League season and was also in good form for the Ivory Coast at this summer’s World Cup.

His goal-scoring exploits have seen him linked with the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle United, while Liverpool could also swoop for the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez. 

However his manager Monk said in The Sun: "I spoke to Wilfried and he is looking forward to coming back into work."
 
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Jan Vertonghen’s agent has claimed that a number of clubs are interested in signing the Tottenham defender. 

Vertonghen was part of the Belgium squad that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil and his performances have seen him linked with a summer switch to Barcelona. 

And the defender’s agent, Mustapha Nakhli, added fuel to exit rumours by claiming that numerous teams had expressed interest in securing Vertonghen’s services.

Nakhli told Het Nieuwsblad: “Several teams are interested in Jan. I cannot confirm or deny whether Barcelona are one of them.

“Tottenham is not a small club. It's too soon to give them an answer. Several clubs have registered their interest in Jan. We'll see.”


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