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Premier League Round-Up: Monday 7th July 2014

7 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

Arsenal are set to embark on their biggest-ever summer spending spree as they edge closer to tying up deals for Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and  Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

The Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger is closing in on the captures of £35m man Sanchez and French international Debuchy, who will command a fee of around £11m. 

And the Gunners will bid to continue their transfer business by making a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, whom they have tracked for more than a year. 

Wenger is understood to have his eye on a number of other midfield targets, including Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, but Bender is his top choice. 

The German international would cost Arsenal around £15m.  

CHELSEA

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has arrived in Italy to complete his free transfer to AS Roma. 

The England left-back had attracted interest from a number of clubs across the globe after being released by Jose Mourinho, but is now set to put pen to paper on a mammoth £6m-a-year deal with the Serie A side. 

Cole was pictured on Twitter earlier today, with AS Roma’s official account tweeting the message: “Welcome to Rome, Ashley!”

Meanwhile, Blue striker Romelu Lukaku may also be on his way out of Stamford Bridge after admitting he had “choices to make” regarding his future.

The Belgian striker told Sky Sports:  "I want to be somewhere where I can play my best football and hopefully win titles.
 
"It's up to me to work hard but there are choices to make.”

LEICESTER CITY

Wes Morgan has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract with Leicester City. 

The Foxes captain, who joined the club from Nottingham Forest in January 2012, played in all but one of his side’s Championship-winning 2013/14 campaign and is now set to lead them out again in the Premier League. 

Manager Nigel Pearson, who signed a new contract himself earlier in the summer, said: “Wes has been every bit the captain we hoped he would be when we signed him two-and-a-half years ago.

“He's a leader on and off the pitch, sets a terrific example for young players and is an extremely positive influence on the squad.”

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool are in advanced talks to complete a double deal for Lille striker Divock Origi and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic.

Origi, 19, starred for Belgium at this summer’s World Cup after breaking into the first team fold in Ligue 1 earlier this year. 

The Reds will pay a fee that could reach £10m for the hotshot, who is due on Merseyside this week to discuss personal terms. 

And manager Brendan Rodgers looks set to continue his spending with the capture of Serbian 20-year-old Markovic, who could cost up to £25m. 

Liverpool have already splashed out on Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can this summer as they bolster their squad ahead of their Champions League campaign, but are already preparing for life after Luis Suarez, who looks set to join Barcelona.  

MANCHESTER UNITED

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has added fellow Dutchman Albert Stuivenberg to his new-look backroom staff at Old Trafford.

Stuivenberg previous worked under van Gaal as the Netherlands under-21 coach, having lifted the European Championships with the Dutch under-17 side in 2011 and 2013.

The former Feyenoord academy manager will be van Gaal's assistant coach at United, joining Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout among the Red Devils’ new staff members.

Van Gaal will begin work at Old Trafford following the World Cup, where his Netherlands side take on Argentina in the semi-finals on Wednesday night. 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Hugo Lloris has confirmed that he expects to remain a Tottenham player next season, despite reported interest in his services.

The Frenchman, who helped his country reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil, has been strongly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, with Paris Saint Germain among the interested clubs. 

But when asked if he would still be at Spurs next season, Lloris said: “Yes, I should be. I don’t want to speak about my situation now.

“I need a few days to recover and after that to relax, have a good rest and come back for next season.

"I think I will speak soon about that and we will deal with it."

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has increased his stake in the club to more than 75 per cent. 

Peace has purchased a further 905 shares in the Baggies, taking his overall shareholding to a majority stake of 76.4 per cent. 

The move means that Peace now has greater powers at The Hawthorns, most notably the authority to call an Extraordinary General Meeting to make changes. Previously he would have had to wait for an Annual General Meeting in order to do so.


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