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Premier League Round-Up: Tuesday 1st July 2014

1 July 2014


With the summer transfer window officially opening today, Premier League clubs are set to get to work on re-shaping their squads for the 2014/15 season.

In the latest edition of our Premier League Round-Up, we bring you the latest news surrounding Crystal Palace's top flight rivals. 

ARSENAL

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil scored the winning goal as Germany edged past Algeria to claim a place in the last eight of the World Cup. 

Ozil scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory against the African nation after extra time, with Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle also getting on the scoresheet. 

But it’s two defenders currently at the World Cup who are being strongly linked with moves to and from the Emirates this summer.

Newcastle United’s French full back Mathieu Debuchy is believed to be Arsene Wenger’s top target to replace Bacary Sagna, while Belgian Thomas Vermaelen is being lined up by new Manchetser United boss Louis van Gaal. 

A host of sources believe both moves could go through after the World Cup, with Southampton’s Morgan Schniederlin also understood to be on the Gunners’ summer wish list.

BURNLEY

Marvin Sordell is undergoing a medical at Burnley ahead of a proposed move from Bolton Wanderers. 

Sordell, who spent part of last season on loan at Palace’s rivals Charlton Athletic, is expected to join the Premier League new boys this week, according to The Sun.

If he completes his move, the 23-year-old, who represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, would become the Clarets second signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Michael Kightly. 

CHELSEA

Brazil under-20 international Wallace has joined Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. 

The attacking right-back joined the Blues in January 2013 but was immediately loaned back to Fluminese, before spending last season with Inter Milan on another temporary contract. 

Wallace becomes the latest Chelsea man to join Vitesse on loan. 

The Eredivisie outfit have also helped nurture Lucas Piazon, Bertrand Traore, Gael Kakuta, Sam Hutchinson, Patrick van Aanholt and Christian Atsu during the past year. 

EVERTON

Everton are expected to hold talks with free agent Gareth Barry this week about a permanent move to Goodison Park.

Barry spent the back end of last season on loan at the Toffees from Manchester City and his contract at the Etihad Stadium has now expired. 

That means the 33-year-old is now free to talk to other clubs, but Everton are confident of landing their man. 

Blues boss Roberto Martinez is currently working as a television pundit during the World Cup in Brazil, where he told Sky Sports: "In a World Cup summer everything goes slow and everything happens at its own pace.

"Gareth is such a unique person, I have been so impressed and I think everyone at the club has taken to him.

"For us he would be an important player for the future but we respect him as a human being and we are going to accept whatever he decides and make sure whatever happens we are here to support him in every aspect.”

HULL CITY

Robert Snodgrass has joined Hull City on a three-year deal – and the former Norwich midfielder is set to be joined at the KC Stadium by Bristol Rovers youngster Alefe Santos. 

Glasgow-born winger Snodgrass has moved to Humberside for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £7m. 

The signing of Santos is certain to raise a few more eyebrows though, with the Brazil-born midfielder set to snub a deal at the Conference Premier side to make a fairytale move to the top flight.

Santos, 19, made his professional debut for the Pirates in November 2012 and has racked up a total of 28 first team appearances for the club. 

LIVERPOOL

Luis Suarez has apologised after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their World Cup game with Uruguay – adding fuel to reports linking the Liverpool man with a move to Barcelona. 

Suarez made a remarkable U-turn by admitting his offence – the third time he has bitten an opponent on the field of play – and claiming it wouldn’t happen again.

Barcelona remain keen on bringing the Reds’ top scorer to Camp Nou though, but The Mirror revealed the Catalans wanted to insert a “bite clause” into any contract they sign with him.

That is thought to be what sparked Suarez’s statement, which read: “Independent from the fallout and the contradicting declarations that have surfaced during these past days, all of which have been without the intention of interfering with the good performance of my national team, the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. 

“For this: I deeply regret what occurred.

“I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family.”

GENERAL
Premier League chairman Anthony Fry has stepped down from his role due to ill health.

Fry was appointed to the post just over a year ago, but has decided to relinquish his position on medical advice after suffering a stroke in March.

Speaking to premierleague.com, Fry said: “As is now well known, I suffered a stroke on March 4th this year.

“I have been very fortunate and I am delighted to be making significant progress with my recovery. On the advice of my doctors, however, I realise that I need to scale back my business activities. 

“It is with regret, therefore, that I have decided to step down from my position as chairman of the Premier League which, given my continuing roles at Dairy Crest, CALA and Control Risks, demands more commitment than I am able to give currently.

"It would not be fair to the Premier League, nor its member clubs, not to be able to continue to give that commitment.

"I would like to thank the Premier League for its understanding and support during what has been a very difficult time.

"I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength as an impressive, professional and progressive body as well as a fantastic football competition."


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