Football gossip: Henry, Pjanic, Origi, Maguire, Willian, Nzonzi, Pulisic

Football gossip

Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry, who is now on the Belgium coaching staff, has "verbally agreed" to take his first managerial role - replacing Steve Bruce at Aston Villa. (Star)

Juventus will sell Bosnian Miralem Pjanic, 28, as part of a strategy to bring France international and fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, back to the club from Manchester United.(Corriere dello Sport, via Express)

Liverpool's 25-year-old German goalkeeper Loris Karius is thinking about leaving Anfield after being disappointed by manager Jurgen Klopp bringing in Brazil international Alisson, 25, as the club's new number one. (Telegraph)

The Reds want £27m for 23-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, who has attracted the interest of Spanish side Valencia, and are ready to sell up to seven players to raise £100m. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester are determined to hold on to England centre-back Harry Maguire and fend off any interest from Manchester United in the 25-year-old. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are preparing to make an improved £45m bid for 23-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani, having had an initial £36m offer rejected. (Goal)

Arsenal are still interested in signing Sevilla's World Cup-winning midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 29, but are unwilling to meet the France international's £35m release clause. (France Football - in French)

Chelsea have rejected a third bid of £65m from Barcelona for Brazil winger Willian, 29. (Star)

The Blues are close to signing Spanish former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 35, from AC Milan in a £9m deal. (Sun)

Real Madrid have enquired about signing 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund and USA midfielder Christian Pulisic, who is valued at £60m. (Mail)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will consider selling 22-year-old France forward Anthony Martial for £50m - but only to a club outside the Premier League. (Guardian)

Tottenham are hoping to recoup £30m by selling Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen, 24, and Spain forward Fernando Llorente, 33. (Evening Standard)

Premier League newcomers Fulham will try to sign Newcastle's English striker Dwight Gayle, 27, if they fail to recruit 23-year-old Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from the Magpies. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, the Cottagers have made a £26m bid for Real Sociedad's Brazilian striker Willian Jose, 26. (Sun)

And Spanish goalkeeper Fabri, 30, has had a medical at Fulham before a £5m move from Turkish side Besiktas. (Sky Sports)

The transfer season begins

Cristiano Ronaldo's medical with new club Juventus showed the 33-year-old Portugal forward has the physical capacity of a 20-year-old. (Mirror)

Everton want Barcelona defender Lucas Digne but have cooled their interest in Celtic's 21-year-old Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney. France international Digne, 25, is valued at £22m. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle are in talks to sign Deportivo La Coruna's 26-year-old Switzerland defender Fabian Schar, who has a £3.5m release clause. (Mail)

West Ham and Leicester are both interested in Juventus' 25-year-old Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona, Juventus and a number of Premier League clubs are interested in 20-year-old winger Ismaila Sarr. Rennes want £50m for the Senegal international. (Sun)

Sheffield United have made an enquiry about signing former England striker David Nugent, 33, from fellow Championship side Derby. (HITC)

West Brom are close to signing England youth midfielder Harvey Barnes, 20, on loan from Leicester. (Leicester Mercury)

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