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Football rumours from the media

Tuesday's papers: Miralem Pjanic, Dani Ceballos, Carlos Vinicius
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Reports suggest Arsenal will part ways with Dani Ceballos at the end of the current Premier League season.

What the papers say

Arsenal are believed to be uninterested in extending midfielder Dani Ceballos's loan beyond this year. The Metro, citing a report from Spanish publication El Confidencial, says the club are only looking to keep the 23-year-old on the books until the end of the current Premier League season – after which he would be free to rejoin Real Madrid.

Barcelona have reportedly overtaken Manchester United in the race for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic. According to the Daily Mirror, the 30-year-old favours Camp Nou over Old Trafford and has already received an offer from the Spanish giants.

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Miralem Pjanic could soon be calling Barcelona home (Nick Potts/PA)

Someone not out of the club's reach however is Velez Sarsfield's Thiago Almada. The Daily Express, via Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, reports that the Red Devils have joined Arsenal in the hunt for the talented 19-year-old playmaker.

Staying with United, The Sun says the club are preparing a substantial bid for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. The valuable striker's release clause is for £88m, however the coronavirus crisis is believed to have driven his value down to the point where the Red Devils are confident that £35m would be enough to get them across the line.

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Players to watch

Jean-Clair Todibo: RB Leipzig have joined Everton in the hunt for the Barcelona defender, according to French website Le 10 Sport.

Charlie Webster: Chelsea believe they have a better shot at securing the 16-year-old's signature than Borussia Dortmund, according to The Telegraph.

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Monday's key events


ATHLETICS
· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

SAILING
· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

FOOTBALL
· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

CYCLING
· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

WEIGHTLIFTING
· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

HOCKEY
· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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