Paper Talk: Juve to offer star to lure Pogba; Newcastle in defender talks

Date published: Tuesday 24th July 2018 8:24

Paulo Dybala, Miralem Pjanic Juventus TEAMtalk

Thierry Henry has agreed to take over at a Championship club, Liverpool are set to offload as many as 10 players and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants a right-back to follow him to Chelsea, all in the papers.



Thierry Henry has agreed to become Aston Villa’s new manager, according to an exclusive in the Daily Star.

The tabloid claims Villa’s new  majority shareholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are “unconvinced” Steve Bruce  “is the right man to take the Villans back to the Premier League”.

And Henry, who has relinquished his media role with Sky Sports is ready to take over from 57-year-old Bruce.

Henry, 40, was Roberto Martinez’s assistant as Belgium reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia, but he has signalled his intention to become a manager in his own right.

The Star quote a source, who is “close to the takeover negotiations” and suggest Henry has “verbally agreed” to be Villa’s new boss.



Chelsea will refuse to do business with Barcelona unless they pay a whopping £70m for Willian. (Sun)

Wolves hope to complete a double deal this week, adding Celta Vigo left-back Jonny Castro and Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho to their squad. (Sun)

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)

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)

Brighton are confident of beating Leicester City to the signing of Iran international Alireza Jahanbaksh and could break their transfer record to sign him for £20m. (Mirror)

Ten players are set to leave Liverpool in Jurgen Klopp’s purge with Loris Karius and Danny Ings among those headed for a mass Anfield exodus. (Mail)

Swansea are keen on Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri, who has also attracted interest from Fulham. (Mail)

Jose Mourinho will only consider selling Anthony Martial for the right fee, with the Manchester United manager preferring that the Frenchman move to a club outside the Premier League rather than to a direct rival (Guardian)

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)

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

Chelsea 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)

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)

Fulham have made a £26m bid for Real Sociedad’s Brazilian striker Willian Jose, 26. (Sun)

Crystal Palace flop Jaroslaw Jach is set to leave for Turkish side Caykur Rizespor after failing to make an appearance since his arrival at Selhurst Park. (Star)

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

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)

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)

Leicester have had talks about signing Swansea forward Jordan Ayew, whose brother Andre is closing on a loan move to Fenerbahce.  (The Times)

Paris Saint-Germain are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, although the Premier League club remain hopeful he will sign an extension to his contract, which expires next summer.  (The Times)

Elseid Hysaj, who has a £44million release clause, could follow Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho to Chelsea, his agent has confirmed. (The Times)


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