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Premier League Round-Up: Friday 4th July

4 July 2014


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

ARSENAL

After Bacary Sagna's exit to Manchester City earlier this summer, Arsene Wenger is keen to recruit Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy to fill the right-back void at the Emirates Stadium.

The French defender is currently in Brazil preparing to take on Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals tonight, but apparently talks between the Gunners and Magpies have begun over the transfer of the 28-year-old.

Tough-tackling Debuchy is keen to play in the Champions League and is unsettled on Tyneside following the departure of his best friend Yohan Cabaye in January, and could replace his international defensive rival Sagna.

Should the move go through, Alan Pardew is expected to try and replace Debuchy with Manchester City full-back Micah Richards.


CHELSEA

Petr Cech's agent has claimed there is interest from Paris St Germain and Monaco about taking the goalkeeper away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

The long-serving shot-stopper has been a fixture in between the sticks for the Blues for a decade but with Thibaut Courtois expected to return to Chelsea after three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, the Czech's spot looks to be in jeopardy.

That was further confirmed when veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer signed a one-year extension to his Blues contract, but Cech's agent Viktor Kolar has stated that his client wishes to stay in west London despite interest from the Ligue 1 clubs.

"We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available. If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world's top goalkeepers and has a certain salary. There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him," he said.

"If he were to leave, we're discussing two or three clubs in the world. The situation has developed in a way, of course, but for now he is staying at Chelsea.

"Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest and we have also communicated with Monaco. I would get in touch with Zubizarreta (Barcelona) and people at Real Madrid. These are clubs we would consider if Chelsea wanted to get rid of Petr. We would also consider Bayern but they have Neuer there."


LIVERPOOL

Brendan Rodgers has continued his summer spending by signing German under-21 international Emre Can for £10m from Bayer Leverkusen.

The transfer of the former Bayern Munich man was agreed last month but Liverpool have waited until the opening of the window to confirm the deal.

Can, who is 20 years old, becomes the third player to arrive on Merseyside this summer following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, and Rodgers is delighted to get his man.

He said: "He has recognised that we are a club that improves and nurtures exciting, ambitious players and I'm looking forward to seeing him take those next steps forward for us.

"He has many of the attributes we look for; charisma on the football pitch and courage to want the ball and make things happen."

Meanwhile Pepe Reina is expected to return to the club following a year out on loan at Napoli.


MANCHESTER UNITED

Despite only arriving from Everton last September, Marouane Fellaini could be set to leave Manchester United after a difficult first season at Old Trafford.

Signed by David Moyes for £27m the Belgium struggled to fit into the United system and made only 12 league starts, and now with Moyes being replaced by Louis van Gaal the midfielder's future is uncertain.

That was emphasised when he was recently asked if he would remain at the club next season, to which he simply replied "We will see after the World Cup."

Fellaini has been a key player for his national side in their run to the quarter-finals, and will take on Argentina tomorrow for a place in the final four.


QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Harry Redknapp could be reunited with two of his former players with Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker apparently set to arrive at Loftus Road.

Ferdinand was given his start in football by Redknapp back in the mid 90s at West Ham United, and is set to arrive on a free transfer when he completes his media commitments in Brazil after being released by Manchester United.

Caulker meanwhile could be signed from relegated Cardiff City, but there are a host of other clubs who have been linked with the centre-back who played under Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the Hoops' manager said “Rio has agreed to join us and we’re hopeful of getting that one over the line when he gets back from the World Cup. 

“I can’t foresee any problems with it and we’d be delighted if we can get it done soon. He’s been a player at the top of the list since he left Manchester United and he would give the whole place a lift with his quality and experience.

“We’ve agreed a fee with Cardiff and it’s now up to Steven to decide his next move. I know him well from Spurs and he’s always been a tremendous prospect. Hopefully that’s another one we can get done.”


WEST HAM UNITED

Ipswich Town left-back Aaron Cresswell has become the Hammers' third summer signing after arriving from the Suffolk side for an undisclosed fee.

The defender, who scored a thunderbolt against Palace at he back end of the 2012/13 season, is reported to have signed for around £2m.

He could be in for a quick return to Portman Road though with the two sides playing each other in a friendly later this month.

The 24-year-old joins fellow new arrivals Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate at Upton Park as Sam Allardyce continues to revamp his squad.

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