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, Victor Osimhen, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Maguire, Jarrad Branthwaite, Mauricio Pochettino and Roberto De Zerbi, gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Chelsea are reportedly keen on acquiring Victor Osimhen from Napoli and could offer Romelu Lukaku to the Serie A side in a bid to land the striker

Speculation linking Chelsea with striker Victor Osimhen is not going away, with The Blues reportedly ready to offer Romelu Lukaku to Napoli in a bid to get their man.

Osimhen has again shone for last year’s Serie A champions, scoring 16 goals in 29 appearances so far this season, while Lukaku – on loan to Roma – scored just his fourth league goal this calendar year on Sunday night against Juventus.

With European football off the table next season, Osimhen appears ready to move on.

He still has two years remaining on his contract, allowing Napoli to charge a high fee for his services. But he is still drawing interest, with Chelsea joining PSG in the race to sign the 25-year-old.

Chelsea have had ‘initial contacts’ with Napoli over Osimhen’s future. The Blues are said to be trying to facilitate a deal costing up to £77m, that would see Lukaku and a young player move to Italy in exchange for Osimhen.

Lukaku is reportedly a target of Napoli’s incoming sporting director Giovanni Manna, who previously tried to sign him for Juventus. While negotiations are progressing, ‘the will’ of both Osimhen and Lukaku will also have to be assessed.

Before pressing on with their transfer plans, Napoli’s priority is on selecting a new coach. Stefano Pioli, Vincenzo Italiano, Gian Piero Gasperini and Antonio Conte are all candidates, with the latter thought to be a fan of Lukaku.

Manchester United are also interested in a swap, with Harry Maguire potentially being used as leverage for Jarrad Branthwaite

Manchester United are also interested in a player exchange if reports are to be believed. The Red Devils could offer Harry Maguire to Everton as leverage for Jarrad Branthwaite.

Erik ten Hag’s side are said to be keen on bringing 21-year-old Branthwaite to Old Trafford, while Maguire has long been linked with a move away from the club.

“Manchester United intend to use Harry Maguire as bait in their attempt to land Jarrad Branthwaite.

Everton central defender Branthwaite is one of United’s top transfer priorities this summer as they look to significantly strengthen the spine of the team – with young, world-class potential. The England Under-21 international fits that criteria and is valued at £70million by the Toffees.

That figure could easily increase come July amid growing interest from across the Premier League in Branthwaite, 21, who had a loan spell at PSV last season.

Everton, of course, are desperate to retain his services. However, the club’s severe financial plight and the troubled takeover by 777 means they may have to sell star assets to avoid more Financial Fair Play point deductions.

Mauricio Pochettino has been given an ultimatum by Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino has been given an ultimatum by Chelsea – qualify for the UEFA Europa League or lose his job.

But even if the 52-year-old is dismissed, The Blues won’t be tempted to bring Jose Mourinho back for a third spell as boss.

Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly been given an ultimatum by Chelsea bosses to keep his job at Stamford Bridge – and Jose Mourinho won’t be getting his job even if he is fired. The under-fire manager saw his side hammer West Ham 5-0 on Sunday, boosting their hopes of European football next season.

The Chelsea hierarchy has told the Argentinian he must qualify for that competition to be at the helm for the 2024/25 campaign. They’ve already blown one opportunity to compete next season, losing the Carabao Cup final to an injury-ravaged Liverpool.

But if the 52-year-old does end up being replaced, then four candidates have been reportedly ruled out to replace him. The most telling name to be rejected is that of Jose Mourinho, who has been linked with a third stint back in west London after being sacked by Roma earlier in this campaign.

Roberto De Zerbi may leave Brighton to join Bayern Munich

Roberto De Zerbi looks like he could leave Brighton this summer, with a job opening up in Germany at Bayern Munich.

The Italian has hinted he could leave the south club side this summer, and with Ralf Rangnick staying with Austria, the Bavarian hot seat remains vacant with Thomas Tuchel set to depart at the end of the campaign.

A Premier League manager has emerged as the favourite to become the next Bayern Munich manager.

De Zerbi raised concerns over his future earlier this season, refusing to commit to the Seagulls and admitting he needed to ensure he had the same ‘vision’ as the club.

He has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona, but those sides seem to have settled their futures, with Arne Slot close to being appointed Reds boss and Xavi opting to stay in Spain.

De Zerbi, 44, could opt to jump ship this summer, with the opportunity to take charge of one of Europe’s top clubs potentially presenting itself.