Transfer News: Manchester United Face Battle to Keep Record Signing, Arsenal Set to Sign $21m Rated Defender

Paul Pogba's performances for Manchester United and France have been far from impressive but that has apparently not stopped Paris Saint-Germain from trying to lure the midfielder back to France.

According to The Sun, the French champions have offered Marco Verratti plus cash to United in a bid to bring Pogba, who was born and raised in the outskirts of Paris, back to his home country.

However, the tabloid says it remains unclear whether United would be prepared to part ways with its record signing.

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France's Paul Pogba during training on June 23. The midfielder has been linked with a move away from Manchester United. Reuters/Axel Schmidt

The Sun also reports Tottenham Hotspur has been priced out of a move for Anthony Martial, whose future at United remains shrouded in doubt. The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but Spurs are understood to consider his $99.5 million price-tag as prohibitive.

United could also come up against one of the players who knocked it out of the Champions League last season, as Arsenal is interested in signing Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega.

The Spaniards are adamant the Argentine will not be allowed to leave in the summer but the Independent reports Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who worked with Banega at Sevilla, remains keen to bring the playmaker to the Premier League.

Banega is said to be "considering his future after behind-the-scenes changes at Sevilla" and has a release clause of $23.2 million.

The Gunners are also looking to bolster their defensive options and the Daily Mirror reports they are close to securing Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos in a $21.2 million deal.

Speaking to German newspaper Revier Sport, Dortmund chief Michael Zorc admitted the defender was close to Arsenal but added the deal was yet to be finalized.

A defender who will not join Arsenal is Lewis Dunk. The Daily Mirror says the Brighton centre-back had been linked with a move to north London when Arsene Wenger was still in charge but has been told Emery has different plans.

Staying in the capital, the Telegraph claims Chelsea will not sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek even if his value increases after the World Cup.

The midfielder, who made his full debut in the tournament on Sunday as England thrashed Panama 6-1, has impressed for the national side but might still not be granted a first team spot at Stamford Bridge.

Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace—for whom he played on loan last season—are keen to sign the 22-year-old but Chelsea will only allow him to leave on loan.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express believes former Blues star Gianfranco Zola will follow Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea as a part of the new manager's backroom staff and that Thibaut Courtois will remain at Stamford Bridge next season.

Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney's long-awaited move to Majoe League Soccer appears to be finally reaching the finish line, as the Daily Mail reports England's all-time record goalscorer will head to the U.S. this week to finalize a deal ahead of a switch to D.C. United.