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, Jarrad Branthwaite, Mauricio Pochettino, Pedro Neto, and Kieran Trippier gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Manchester United have made Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite one of their transfer priorities in the summer

Branthwaite, 21, is tipped to become an England regular and could even be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad on Thursday.

The centre-back is highly thought of, and Everton could therefore demand at least £75m for a player who started his career at Carlisle United before joining the Toffees in 2020.

New United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is in charge of football operations at the club, has already held talks over summer transfer targets and compiled a shortlist. Branthwaite, 21, is at the top of that list, having impressed United scouts and boss Erik ten Hag, despite having only made 31 league appearances for Everton.

“Although Ten Hag’s future remains unclear, after a disappointing second season in charge, United will push ahead with a bid for Branthwaite, even if he is sacked. Against the backdrop of stricter financial fair play rules, Ratcliffe is keen to invest in younger, home-grown talents who can provide United with a maximum return on their investment.

With Raphael Varane expected to leave Old Trafford this summer and Harry Maguire’s future beyond this season uncertain, United are looking to strengthen in central defence. Branthwaite, signed by Everton from Carlisle in 2020 for £1m, has emerged as one of the most coveted young defenders in Europe, with Real Madrid also monitoring him.

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he will “never” quit the club and believes criticism they have been receiving has been unfair

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he loves a “challenge” and has vowed not to quit the club, despite describing the job as a “difficult project”.

Supporters have booed off their side in some recent games, and they sit 11th in the Premier League ahead of Monday night’s game with Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

Since Todd Boehly and the Clearlake consortium took over Chelsea, around £1billion has been spent – mostly on young talent like Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo. Pochettino is the third manager since Roman Abramovich took over, but the promise of a successful new era has yet to come to fruition.

The West London club finished 12th last season and although they reached the League Cup final, losing to Liverpool last month, they have won just one match out of their last five top-flight games, losing twice – including a 4-2 defeat at home to Wolves.

“Ah no, no, no! Why? Never!”, replied Pochettino after he was asked about whether he would ever consider walking away from Chelsea.

“We love a challenge. The challenge is massive and I come here to accept the project and challenge, knowing it is never easy with the pressure and the feeling that you are Chelsea and you need to win.”

“Today it is a different Chelsea. If you are going to judge us, comparing the past of Chelsea, for sure no one is going to win. No one is going to succeed. No one is going to be nice to you.”

There has been speculation Chelsea could make yet another managerial change if there is not a significant improvement, and there have been some chants from supporters calling for a third return for Jose Mourinho.

“The fans are not going to love any more another coach at Chelsea. If you compare it with the past, when you are on a different project, people need to understand. I’ve tried to explain. I talk, I move my mouth, but you don’t hear.”

“I knew it was going to be tough. I knew we were going to need time and belief. The project is about young players, building a new team.”

Wolves star Pedro Neto is a reported target for Premier League contenders Manchester City and Liverpool, but he could cost over £60 million

Manchester City and Liverpool are set to battle it out for Wolves forward Pedro Neto, who would cost over £60 million, it has been claimed.

Neto, 24, has stood out for Gary O’Neil’s side so far this season, registering nine assists and helping his side into a top-half position.

Manchester City and Liverpool are admirers of Wolves forward Pedro Neto ahead of the summer when the Portugal international could be on the market after five seasons at Molineux.

Neto is expected to be the subject of intense interest from several Premier League clubs following his progression since arriving from Braga in 2019, with his fee set to be upward of £60 million.

It is understood that City and Liverpool are among those who are watching the 24-year-old, although he has also been on the radar of others who are looking to bolster their attack with a proven forward.

Arsenal previously had their sights on Neto, two seasons ago, but Wolves were in a strong position with their player having signed a long-term contract until 2027 and his club having no intention to sell.

At City he is rated highly by the scouting team at the Etihad Stadium, having moved for Neto’s former team-mate Matheus Nunes last summer.

Liverpool had success in the market when they moved for Diogo Jota, although their situation is complicated as they are in the middle of the process of appointing a sporting director and will have a new manager next season.”

Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier opens up about Bayern Munich’s transfer approaches in January

Kieran Trippier has opened up to Chronicle Live about Bayern Munich’s approach for him in January.

The Newcastle defender revealed he received texts from Harry Kane, telling the paper: “It’s crazy, to be honest, because I was in New York and I was woken up at 5 am their time saying, ‘Bayern Munich want to sign you’, so I was like, ‘This is a bit random’. I never thought for a 33-year-old that Bayern Munich would want to sign me, so it was more of a shock to me than anybody.

“Then I just got on the phone with the manager straight away and to be honest the manager knows the commitment I’ve got for the club. I never once tried to force a move out of the club. I’m here now and the owners know the commitment I have shown to the club.”

“I am here now, the owners know the commitment I showed to the club. I speak to Harry (Kane) all the time. Harry was texting me, of course, but it just wasn’t the right thing for me. But I take it as a compliment that a club like Bayern Munich wanted to sign me.”

“He wasn’t pushing, he was just texting ‘Is it true?, just little things like that, really, just telling me it’s warmer than Newcastle and having a bit of banter. But no, Harry’s a professional, he wouldn’t try and tap me up, as we say. There is nothing to say.”