Transfer Updates – Arsenal in pursuit of Banega, Pochettino interested in Keita Balde and Man United scout Nicolas Pepe

Transfer Updates (September 20) – Arsenal in pursuit of Banega, Pochettino interested in Keita Balde and Man United scout Nicolas Pepe

Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City have joined Barcelona and Paris St-Germain in pursuit of Flamengo’s attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta. The 21-year-old is believed to have a £44m release clause. (Le10 Sport via Mail)

Arsenal will attempt to bring in Sevilla’s Ever Banega, 30, to increase competition in midfield. (Sun)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is still interested in bringing in 23-year-old forward Keita Balde, currently on loan at Inter Milan from Monaco. (Calciomercato via Goal)

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, is being scouted by Manchester United after Southampton failed with a bid for the 23-year-old in the summer. (Telefoot via Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian, 30, says he never planned on leaving Stamford Bridge this summer despite interest from Manchester United and Barcelona(Express)

Willian

England striker Marcus Rashford, 20, is receiving extra coaching sessions from Manchester United team-mate Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian, 25, is running attacking drills with Rashford after regular club training. (Metro)

England boss Gareth Southgate sent assistant Steve Holland to watch Jack Grealish in Aston Villa’s victory over Rotherham on Tuesday as he considers calling up the 23-year-old midfielder. (Birmingham Mail)

Southgate is also keeping tabs on Wolves captain and defender Conor Coady, 25, before a potential England call-up. (Mirror)

Derby manager Frank Lampard has backed 19-year-old attacker Mason Mount, on loan at the Rams from Chelsea, to make the step up to the full England squad. (Mail)

Mason Mount

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could face up to five years in jail after he was charged with perjury in his native Croatia. He denies the charges. (Guardian)

Aston Villa and Watford are both considering summer moves for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, 32, whose contract is up at the end of the season. (La Gazette des Transferts via Sportwitness)

Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, says it will be “difficult” for his eight-year-old son – also called Cristiano – to be better than him at football. Ronaldo Junior plays for Juventus’ academy. (BeIn Sports, via Sun)

Tottenham have dismissed claims their new stadium will not be ready before the start of 2019. (Sky Sports)

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