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, Xabi Alonso, Matthijs de Ligt, Kylian Mbappe, Alphonso Davies, and Jesse Lingard, gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Xabi Alonso the Bayer Leverkusen boss could yet scupper the summer plans of Manchester United

Alonso is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, with the German standing down at the end of the season.

But Bayer Leverkusen’s boss side where Sir Jim Ratcliffe admires his good work at the current club and sees him perfect replacement for Erik ten Hag.

United are interested in Bayer Leverkusen duo Jeremie Frimpong and Edmond Tapsoba as summer transfer targets – but their chances of doing a deal could be impacted by Liverpool’s interest in Xabi Alonso.

Despite failing to make a single signing during the January transfer window, Erik ten Hag is expected to be backed in the summer and a defensive overhaul is on his agenda.

Not only are there question marks over the long-term futures of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof – while Jonny Evans is set to leave when his contract expires – United are keeping tabs on Frimpong and Tapsoba to firm up their interest at the end of the current campaign.

As first reported by The Manchester Evening News the duo’s impressive form at Leverkusen, who are top of the Bundesliga after going unbeaten so far this term and having thrashed Bayern Munich at the weekend, has not gone unnoticed at Old Trafford.

While it remains to be seen if acquiring both players would be financially viable – particularly as they look to also add in other areas – United’s chances of doing a deal for the defensive duo are also likely to be complicated by Liverpool’s interest in Alonso.

And if Liverpool do decide that Alonso is the man to replace Klopp on Merseyside, then any potential transfer activity at Leverkusen would be delayed, with sporting director Simon Rolfes – who insists Alonso could stay put at the BayArena this summer – keen to let the club’s head coach have their say on who stays and who goes.

United are “set to reignite their interest” in Matthijs de Ligt, who is said to be “unhappy” at Bayern Munich

Manchester United is “set to reignite their interest” in Matthijs de Ligt, who is “unhappy” at Bayern Munich.

De Ligt has cut a frustrated figure this season, making just 11 starts in all competitions.

United, said to be in the market for a defender, could make a move for the Netherlands international.

Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt as he is reportedly unhappy at Bayern Munich.

His future at the German giants is in doubt, having fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel.

De Ligt has made just 11 starts in all competitions this season as Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae are the preferred defensive pairing.

It has led to reports claiming he is unhappy with his lack of playing time.

There have also been suggestions that his relationship with Tuchel has become strained and he could therefore push to leave this summer.

De Ligt was an unused substitute as Bayern lost to title rivals Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Saturday.

Real Madrid are “having problems” with Kylian Mbappe’s representatives as they try to make a deal happen

Real Madrid are “having problems” with Kylian Mbappe’s representatives as they strive to bring the Paris Saint-Germain star to the Spanish capital.

Which claims player and club are “far apart” in their negotiations.

Real Madrid have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

Los Blancos are the frontrunners to sign the 25-year-old, who is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season. Although an agreement has not yet been reached, there is growing confidence that a deal will be struck between Mbappe and Real.

Real is having problems with Mbappe’s agent and mother Fayza Lamari, who is sticking to her guns during negotiations. She wants the best possible terms for her and Mbappe, who is willing to ‘give in’ as he contemplates an imminent decision on his future.

The two parties are ‘far apart’ on agreeing on a deal for Mbappe, which could become a significant problem. It was reported last month that Mbappe is demanding an eye-watering £60million per year and a staggering signing-on bonus worth £107m to join Real.

Mbappe has flirted with the idea of moving to Madrid for years, but in 2022 famously U-turned on a switch to stay at PSG, signing a new two-year deal in the process.

There is an option for Mbappe to extend it by a further 12 months, but the French forward said last year he would not renew his contract.

Real has offered Mbappe an annual salary of £30m per year and wants “written guarantees” to avoid another last-minute change of heart. Meanwhile, PSG are still trying to convince their star man to sign a new contract, having offered him a wild £86m per season to stay put.

Real Madrid have already started talks over the potential signing of Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies

Real Madrid is considering bringing in a new left-back.

The players under consideration include Alphonso Davies at Bayern Munich, but Miguel Gutierrez at Girona is another.

The left-back spot is one they have begun to look at strengthening, with Bayern Munich’s Canada international Alphonso Davies another of their targets (talks have already taken place) and the futures of current options Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia somewhat under question.

Madrid’s idea is to explore a way out for the 28-year-old Frenchman, who joined for an initial €48 million (£41m/$51.6m at current exchange rates) from Lyon in the summer of 2019.

His contract expires after next season, and he has not been offered a renewal yet. But Mendy would like to continue with Madrid, and therefore it is not clear whether he would play ball on the idea of a sale in the next window.

Gutierrez’s situation at Girona is similar to the one Garcia was in at Rayo. Madrid have an option to re-sign him at a reduced price – while his release clause is €35 million for everyone else, they would only have to pay €8m this summer.

Jesse Lingard joins FC SOUL K League permentaly for two years deal

Official and confirmed, Lingard has signed for South Korean side FC Seoul on a two-year deal.

Lingard will earn in the region of £17,000 a week, becoming the highest-paid player in the K league, and there are hopes that he can raise the profile of the competition.