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Arsenal remain hopeful on Dani Ceballos loan move from Real Madrid

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Arsenal remain hopeful a season-long loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos will go ahead, despite Marco Asensio suffering a serious injury.

Ceballos is understood to be in London for a medical after the clubs agreed a deal.

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Laurent Koscielny ‘decided to be out’ says Unai Emery, and now a decision over his future is only between the club and player

But Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted he does not know if the anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered by Asensio would have a knock-on effect on the deal for Ceballos.

Asensio ruptured his ACL against the Gunners in their International Champions Cup match in the USA on Tuesday night.

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Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid as they draw 2-2 with Arsenal but then beat them in a penalty shoot-out. Pictures: Premier Sports

Ceballos started his career at Real Betis before moving to Madrid in 2017 and played a starring role as Spain won the U21 European Championships this summer.

Emery, who knows Ceballos from his time back in his homeland, is keen to bring him in to further his options for the 2019/20 campaign.

Meanwhile, Arsenal could face competition for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, with Everton also understood to be interested in him.

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Roma Want Rid Of Pastore, Jesus And Fazio

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Roma hope to make space in the squad and raise transfer funds by offloading three players, Calciomercato reports.

The Serie A side want to offload Javier Pastore, Juan Jesus and Federico Fazio in the near future.

Pastore, who is currently injured, has a €4.5 million salary but he is not part of the club’s plans. Jesus is on around €2.2m, but his contract expires in the summer.

Fazio, meanwhile, has seen potential moves fall apart because of his wage demands but Roma hope he will lower his expectations.

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Premier League takes decision on shutting down season amid second wave of COVID-19

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Premier League chiefs have resolved not to shut down the season, despite clubs holding secret meetings about taking a ‘coronavirus break’, the UK Mirror reports.

Some clubs have discussed a two-week temporary halt in January, as the football is in serious danger of descending into farce.

The Premier League on Tuesday, announced a record number of positive tests, with 18 detected in the week between Monday December 21 and Sunday, December 27.

But League bosses have no intention of suspending the season.

Government chiefs have also offered reassurance that there are no plans to stop top flight football or elite sport despite the rise in cases.

Manchester City’s clash at Everton on Monday night was called off, following an outbreak of the pandemic in the club’s first team bubble.

If further positive cases are confirmed, City’s game at Chelsea on Sunday will also be postponed, leading to more fixture pile-up for the Blues.

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EPL clubs consider two-week break amid COVID-19 break

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Premier League clubs are considering a two-week break after a rise in COVID-19 cases, the UK Telegraph reports.

The chairmen of some top-flight sides have reportedly held talks over a mid-season time-out, as concerns grow over outbreaks at Manchester City and Sheffield United.

City’s Premier League game with Everton was postponed Monday night.

And although the Blades’ clash with Burnley went ahead Tuesday evening, there are fears more matches will be called off in the coming weeks.

The Premier League recorded 18 positive results in its latest round of coronavirus testing.

Southampton manager, Ralph Hassenhuttl, is in isolation and will not be on the bench for his side’s match against West Ham.

Clubs fear there next week’s FA Cup third round will see more postponements, causing potential fixture chaos.

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