Talking Cock Session: Daily update on the latest club news and highlights

In our latest update talk cock sessions, we look at the latest club news for Antoine Griezmann, Benjamin Sesko, Donny van de Beek, and Joao Neves, gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Antoine Griezmann is keen to stay at Atletico Madrid amid interest from Manchester United

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann – linked with a January transfer to Manchester United – wants to stay with his current club.

The World Cup winner has made a success of his return from Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann has played down any speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, as he admits he wants to become an Atletico Madrid ‘legend’,” the paper claims.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a resurgence to form in Diego Simeone’s new look-Atletico team.

Griezmann has eight goals in 12 games so far this season as his side sits fourth in La Liga behind classic rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid and surprise leaders Girona.

Griezmann said: ‘I’ve to earn myself to be a legend in this club. That’s my mission. ‘By 2024 I want to bring joy to the fans and some title for Atlético. It would be a dream.’

Chelsea could look at strikers such as Benjamin Sesko as they consider alternatives to Brentford forward Ivan Toney

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Chelsea may have to look beyond Brentford striker Ivan Toney as they hope to add a new striker to their squad this winter.

They will look abroad for another forward as Brentford are likely to keep him for the rest of the season, as well as worries over his valuation.

Chelsea are facing further frustration in their quest to sign a marquee striker for Mauricio Pochettino in January”.

Although extensive plans for the winter market are continuing to take shape behind the scenes, the brutal reality of the situation is the Blues may now have to wait until the summer of 2024 to land the best long-term option for the Argentine’s project.

Toney will be free to return to action in mid-January following his respective FA ban but with Brentford team-mates Bryan Mbeumo and Yoanne Wissa off to the Africa Cup of Nations, he has never been more important.

A mid-season sale would defy all logic for Thomas Frank, whose attacking options will be significantly depleted for up to four Premier League matches.

Sources suggest Brentford now value Toney at £100m, although it’s understood offers in the region of £80m would likely be considered.

Chelsea could therefore be forced to consider alternative names such as Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez, Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface – also off to AFCON – and RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko, who have all built commendable reputations with their goalscoring exploits in Europe.

Donny van de Beek is ready to quit Manchester United

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Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek is aware that he may have to leave Old Trafford in the coming months as he continues to struggle on the sidelines.

Form and injury have cost the Dutchman his place over the last few years.

Donny van de Beek admits he must leave Manchester United if he can’t break into Erik ten Hag’s side.

The midfielder is open to quitting in January but has no regrets over his move to Old Trafford.

United signed Van de Beek from Ajax in 2020 for a fee of £35million and he was expected to be a key player for the years that followed after building a growing reputation on the domestic and international scene. However, it hasn’t gone how either the player or his club would have wanted.

He has now broken rank by admitting he is desperate to play, even if it means leaving United at the next opportunity in January. Van de Beek said: ‘I am bouncing to play matches again. The manager is making different choices now. We have a big squad and I am not the only one knocking on the door. We’ll see in January what happens.

Donny:”‘I need to start playing games very soon – if not at Man United then at another club. I think I have to be ambitious.’”

Bruno Fernandes has given the “seal of approval” for Manchester United to sign his compatriot Joao Neves from Benfica

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Bruno Fernandes has given the “seal of approval” for Manchester United to sign his compatriot Joao Neves from Benfica.

The 19-year-old “wonderkid” has been watched on “several occasions” by the Old Trafford club.

Neves has helped to fill the void of the departed Enzo Fernandez, who moved to Chelsea last summer.

He has made 11 first-team appearances this season and scored an equaliser in a derby against Sporting Lisbon.

The Reds have been linked with the midfielder ahead of the January transfer window as Erik ten Hag looks to infuse his squad with exciting young talent.

Scouts have watched the teenager on several occasions as they weigh up whether to make a bid.

United captain Fernandes has waxed lyrical about Portugal and Benfica starlet Joao Neves in what may well be viewed at Old Trafford as a green light to get a deal done.

Fernandes told Sport TV while on international duty: “It has to be the Man United coach who says whether he has a place or not.

He is a great player, I don’t know if he would have a place or not. It depends on the coach and his ideas.

But he’s an excellent player and an excellent kid, very professional. You will have a bright future wherever you go.

I would like to have him by my side because he has quality and will have a bright future. It depends on him. What I want most is the best for him.