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Transfer news and gossip: Liverpool star facing jail sentence, Arsenal plan double January swoop, Man United scouting Lille ace

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours in Thursday’s national newspapers and online…

Liverpool and Manchester City have joined Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in tracking 21-year-old Brazilian attacker Lucas Paquet. (Le10 Sport)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is planning to raid former club Sevilla for 30-year-old midfielder Ever Banega. The Argentine has an £18m release clause in his contract with the LaLiga side. (The Sun)

The Gunners new head of football Raul Sanllehi is also reportedly keen on signing Argentina winger Cristian Pavon, 22, from Boca Juniors – FULL STORY

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he remains keen on bringing Monaco ace Keita Balde to the club. The 23-year-old forward is currently on loan at Inter Milan. (Calciomercato)

Man United have sent scouts to watch 23-year-old Lille winger Nicolas Pepe in action. The Red Devils’ interest comes after Southampton failed with a bid for the Ivorian in the summer. (Telefoot)

England striker Marcus Rashford is receiving extra coaching sessions from United team-mate Romelu Lukaku. The 25-year-old Belgian is said to be running attacking drills with Rashford after regular club training. (Metro)

22-year-old Cristian Pavon is on Arsenal’s radar

Chelsea winger Willian says he never planned on leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, despite interest from Manchester United and Barcelona. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa and Watford are both considering summer moves for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 32-year-old England centre-back’s contract is up at the end of the season. (La Gazette des Transferts)

Liverpool star James Milner has revealed he was banned from wearing red shirts as a kid because of his Leeds United-supporting father’s hatred for Manchester United. (FourFourTwo)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could face up to five years in jail after he was charged with perjury in his native Croatia, but the 29-year-old World Cup finalist denies the charges. (The Guardian)

Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded it will be “difficult” for his eight-year-old son to be better than him at football. Cristiano Jr currently plays for Juventus’ academy following his father’s move to Turin this summer. (The Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s son practicing dad’s famous free-kick technique as Rio Ferdinand granted access for Nike special
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr has a lot to live up to…

Former Liverpool defender and current Wolves captain Conor Coady could get an England call-up from Gareth Southgate. (Daily Mirror)

England boss Southgate also 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. (Birmingham Mail)

The son of former Manchester City, Chelsea and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips trained with City’s first team before their Champions League game against with Lyon. 16-year-old D’Margio Wright-Phillips is also a winger and plays for City’s Under-18 side. (Daily Mail)

Latest exclusives and football headlines…

Mohamed Salah’s poor start to the season has ‘gone under the radar’ due to Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season and the constant focus on Harry Kane’s dry spell for Tottenham , says Tony Cascarino

Neymar wouldn’t get in the Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp, claims John Barnes

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ‘would get in any team’ based on his performance against Paris Saint-Germain, says John Barnes

Liverpool’s unsung hero Georginio Wijnaldum has been hailed as the club’s ‘best midfielder in the last four or five months’ by John Barnes

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are on alert after Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic was told he would not be getting a new contract

Hatem Ben Arfa rejected an offer to join West Ham before signing for Rennes this summer


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