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Premier League Round-Up: Thursday 10th July 2014

10 July 2014


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

CHELSEA

Chelsea have completed the signing of Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split. 

The 19-year-old, who has represented Croatia at under-21 level, is understood to have agreed the move last season, but has now joined up with his new teammates for the first time.

German-born Pasalic told the Blues’ website: "I am very happy because I am now a Chelsea player.

"I am very impressed by the training ground and I must thank everybody at Hajduk.

"This is now a new start in my career. I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player."

Pasalic is Chelsea's third signing of the transfer window following the acquisitions of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona and Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. 

MANCHESTER CITY

Inter Milan have made a third bid in their relentless attempts to sign Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, according to The Telegraph. 

Jovetic only joined the Citizens last summer, but the Italian giants are confident of luring the Montenegro hitman to the San Siro before the start of the Serie A season. 

The 24-year-old struggled for first team football in his first campaign at the Etihad Stadium, but did find the net on six occasions despite making just five starts for the Premier League champions. 

He previously spent five seasons with Inter’s rivals Fiorentina and has a big reputation in Italy following that spell. 

City striker Manuel Pellegrini is understood to be keen on keeping Jovetic at the club, but he is again likely to be fourth-choice striker behind Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Juventus have made an official approach to Manchester United over a shock move for veteran defender Patrice Evra.

The 33-year-old full back only signed a new one-year deal at Old Trafford earlier this summer, but could now find himself on his way to Turin.

No bid has yet been made for the French international, but he is understood to be keen on the switch to Serie A.

New United boss Louis van Gaal has already signed a ready-made replacement for Evra, having paid £30m for Southampton teenager Luke Shaw.

Evra’s departure would mean the loss of another experienced head in the United dressing room though, with Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs no longer among the playing staff at Old Trafford.  

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

QPR and Hull City are set to do battle for former West Bromwich Albion loanee Morgan Amalfitano.

The 29-year-old is a free agent after his contract at French Ligue 1 side Marseille expired at the end of last month – and the two Premier League sides are understood by The Mirror to be leading the chase for his signature. 

Marseille are thought to be keen on retaining Amalfitano’s services, but after spending a successful season in England with the Baggies, the midfielder may favour another crack at the Premier League. 

He started 26 of West Brom’s top flight games last season, scoring four goals – including a memorable strike at Old Trafford as the Baggies recorded a shock 2-1 victory.

SOUTHAMPTON

New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is chasing Celtic and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster – and hopes goalkeeping coach Dave Watson will persuade him to join the Saints.

The Mirror reports that Koeman is ready to pay £8m to land the former Newcastle United stopper, who worked with Watson at the World Cup in Brazil. 

Scottish champions Celtic know they face an uphill battle to keep hold of the highly-rated 26-year-old this summer after a string of fine performances at Parkhead and have already snapped up former Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon as a potential replacement. 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Hugo Lloris has ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new five-year deal at Tottenham. 

The French international goalkeeper had been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, with Paris Saint Germain said to be among the interested clubs. 

Those rumours were only fuelled further after Lloris had an impressive World Cup, keeping three clean sheets in five games as France reached the quarter finals. 

But the 27-year-old has now put paid to the newspaper headlines by committing his future to Mauricio Pochettino’s side. 

Lloris told the Spurs website: “It’s very important to feel at home at a club and for my family to feel well. I enjoy a great relationship with the club and the fans. 

“The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino is important as well. I have a good feeling with him. He is also ambitious.”

WEST HAM UNITED

Pachuca president Jesus Martinez has revealed that an English club, thought to be West Ham, are on the verge of signing Enner Valencia.

The Ecuador World Cup star, who scored three goals in as many games for his country in Brazil, has been linked with a summer move to the likes of Newcastle United, Everton and FC Porto, but Sky Sports reported that the Hammers were leading the chase for the frontman. 

Now Martinez has confirmed that he is close to agreeing a record-breaking deal with the unnamed English side.

He told Ecuagol: "There are various offers for Enner Valencia, the strongest and closest to what the player and us are demanding is from a club from England. We are making huge steps to finalise the negotiation.

"We are seeking the possibility that is convenient for him and the club and that he is sold for the price that we like for everything the Mexican league is worth. 

"I won't talk about prices, but if he is sold, it will be the highest transfer fee ever in Mexican football football, otherwise he won't be sold.” 


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