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, Mohamed Salah, Raphael Varane, Savio, and Jesse Lingard, gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Mohamed Salah is likely to be courted by Saudi Pro League sides once more

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The Saudi Pro League are anticipated to return to try to sign Mohamed Salah from Liverpool this summer.

The Egyptian is one of three players alongside Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold whose contracts are up in 2025.

Their contracts are due to expire in July 2025 and Liverpool’s success in agreeing new terms will be key to the Reds post-Klopp. It would be a tricky summer anyway if Klopp were staying and the jeopardy is only increased by the departure of director of football Jorg Schmadtke.

Schmadkte is leaving after just a year in charge after succeeding Julian Ward in June and it is now clear he was only really a caretaker to oversee Klopp’s final season.

Ward only lasted a year as Michael Edwards’ successor and Liverpool will be appointing their fourth director of football in a little over two years. This cannot be good for a club like Liverpool, who pride themselves on stability, in such a key role.

Schmadkte is leaving after just a year in charge after succeeding Julian Ward in June and it is now clear he was only really a caretaker to oversee Klopp’s final season.

Ward only lasted a year as Michael Edwards’ successor and Liverpool will be appointing their fourth director of football in a little over two years. This cannot be good for a club like Liverpool, who pride themselves on stability, in such a key role.

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane could move to the Saudi Pro League

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Raphael Varane has been offered a contract worth up to £50 million a year to join Al Nassr.

The defender is soon out of contract with Manchester United and his current club did not activate their 12-month extension clause.

The mega-rich Saudi Pro League outfit wants to reunite Varane with his former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The club is owned by Prince Faisal bin Turki, who has a net worth of almost £23 billion. And he is willing to offer Varane a deal worth up to £50m-a-year to join Al-Nassr.

The World Cup winner from 2018 is among United’s highest earners on the £340,000-a-week deal he agreed to when signing from Real Madrid in 2021.

A move there would reunite him with former Real Madrid and United team-mate Ronaldo.

It remains to be seen whether Varane is tempted by a move to the Saudi Pro League but the financial rewards on offer would exceed anything in his career to date.

Manchester City’s deal with Troyes for Savio will be looked at by the Premier League to make sure they have paid fair value

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Manchester City have agreed to sign Savio from their sister club Troyes, but the Premier League will ensure that the English side pays fair value.

The transfer is subject to scrutiny under the rules governing business between related clubs set by the Premier League and UEFA.

Manchester City’s signing of winger Savio from an affiliated club is expected to be scrutinised for fair market value by the Premier League.

The Brazilian teenager is expected to be valued by the Premier League to ensure the deal does not circumnavigate cost controls given he is already a City Football Group employee.

It is unclear what fee City will pay affiliated French club Troyes, who signed him in 2022 but then loaned him this season to Girona, another team in the CFG empire.

Savio has become an increasingly hot property this year at in-form Girona, currently second in La Liga. Bids from other Premier League and Bundesliga clubs have reportedly been in the region of £25 million, but City are preparing paperwork to seal an agreement.

Both UEFA and the Premier League have clauses in their rulebooks which apply when teams under the same ownership do business together. The governing body of European football would be expected to block any deals between teams should they be deemed rivals.

In the wake of Saudi Arabia’s takeover of Newcastle United, Premier League clubs also tightened rules on related-party transactions involving its members.

Jesse Lingard is closing in on a move to South Korean side FC Seoul

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Free agent Jesse Lingard is closing in on a two-year deal to join South Korean side FC Seoul.

The 31-year-old has been out of contract since he left Nottingham Forest last year and has been on the hunt for a new club.

Former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard has agreed on a two-year contract with South Korean side FC Seoul.

The 31-year-old has completed a medical and is in Seoul to finalise his move.

Lingard has been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest last summer.

He was reluctant to join Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia following a trial in October.

Lingard had grown frustrated after several enquires failed to materialise and, amid a lack of Premier League interest, last month sacked his agents – including members of his own family.