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, Ruben Amorim, Paolo Maldini, Hugo Viana, Roberto De Zerbi’s, and Thiago Silva gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Liverpool may have to spend big to land a replacement for Jurgen Klopp if they want either Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim or Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi

Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim has a £12.8 million release clause which could be activated at the end of the season.

Liverpool are one of the favourites to land the manager as they search for a replacement for the outgoing Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool could land Ruben Amorim for as little as £12.8 million after Xabi Alonso confirmed he would not be succeeding Jurgen Klopp.

Understand the release clause in Amorim’s contract, which can be triggered at the end of this season, is €15 million.

The clause, agreed with Sporting Lisbon, drops to €10m (£8.5m) in the summer of 2025 – and its existence means it will be easier for Liverpool to agree a deal with the Portuguese club should they eventually decide to make a move for the highly rated 39-year-old.

It had previously been claimed in Portugal that the figure to release Amorim, who signed a new four-year deal in 2022, was significantly higher – around twice as much.

Newcastle United could appoint one of Paolo Maldini or Hugo Viana to replace outgoing sporting director Dan Ashworth

Paolo Maldini and Hugo Viana are both in the running to replace Dan Ashworth as sporting director at Newcastle.

Newcastle looking to agree on a deal with Manchester United to let Ashworth move on, and a replacement is being targeted.

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and former Newcastle ace Hugo Viana are among the candidates to replace outgoing sporting director Dan Ashworth at St James’ Park.

Ashworth has been placed on gardening leave as The Magpies and Manchester United continue to negotiate a complicated deal that could see him moving to Old Trafford this summer.

The 53-year-old’s contract runs out in 2026 and United are trying to thrash out a compensation deal with the Toon who have demanded double the £10 million offered.

Brighton wants a BIG PAYOUT for De Zerbi

Roberto De Zerbi would cost Liverpool the same figure as Amorim – £12.8m – to replace Klopp next season.

Xabi Alonso’s decision to remain with Bayer Leverkusen has slightly narrowed the potential candidates this summer.

Liverpool will have to fork out a cool £12.8 million if they want to make Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi their next manager.

The Reds have learned that most talked-about target Xabi Alonso is now leaning towards staying at Bayer Leverkusen for at least another season, ruling him out of the race to succeed Jurgen Klopp.

His Leverkusen side are 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with just eight games to go, having gone unbeaten for the entire season so far in all competitions.

Given that he could potentially have a treble on his CV come June, Alonso is arguably Europe’s most sought-after manager, especially aged 42.

But like fellow admirers Bayern Munich, Liverpool are now being forced to look elsewhere for their next boss and De Zerbi has emerged as a leading candidate for both clubs.

Brighton aren’t willing to let him go on the cheap, however, with the Premier League side likely to demand his full €15m (£12.8m) release clause should the Italian want to leave, just like the £21.5m they received in Graham Potter’s exit to Chelsea.

De Zerbi, 44, is also being eyed by Barcelona, who are limited when it comes to how much they can spend but remain interested in a move.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is set to leave at the end of the season on a free transfer

Chelsea’s Brazilian veteran defender Thiago Silva will leave at the end of the season.

The 39-year-old will come to the end of his contract and there have been no suggestions that talks will take place.

Thiago Silva is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season upon the expiry of his contract – ending his four-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian veteran, 39, joined The Blues in the summer of 2020 and won the Champions League in his debut season under Thomas Tuchel, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite in west London.

However, there have been no formal talks over a contract extension to date and sources have now indicated that barring a significant U-turn, Silva is poised to depart on a free transfer when his current deal is up. It’s no secret that former club Fluminense have been working tirelessly on a move to bring the former PSG captain home.

Fluminense’s president Mario Bittencourt revealed earlier this week that he remains in close contact with the experienced Brazil international and that he has made it abundantly clear the door is wide open for an emotional return.