Liverpool could solve their issues at centre-back this winter as they eye up a move for Ozan Kabak.
The reports in England and Germany suggested that Liverpool have entered talks with Schalke for Ozan Kabak.
Schalke spent 25 million euros to sign the Turkey international from VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2019. The 20-year-old has four years left on his current contract which expires in 2024.
The centre-back has featured in two matches for Schalke this term in all competitions.
The 20-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Turkey.
The Schalke centre-back has also represented the Turkey at various youth levels before going on to secure four senior caps for his country thus far.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp wants to sign a new centre-back and Kabak is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The Reds have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
Klopp is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this winter.
Liverpool are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
Kabak is often quick to scan the danger and is not shy of getting stuck in with some well-timed tackles to help secure possession back for his side. His versatile nature can help the manager to be more flexible with the formations.
According to the report, “Schalke are hiking up their valuation of Ozan Kabak. The Turkey defender has emerged as a January target for Liverpool, where they see the youngster as cover for knee injury victim Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool are said to have opened talks with Schalke for Kabak ahead of the winter market. However, talk in England of a knockdown €22m asking price has been dismissed in Germany. Sport1 is reporting Schalke will not consider selling Kabak for less than €35m.”
TOP FOOTBALL TRANSFERS 2019-2020
The Reds might have to pay over the odds to sign the centre-back.
Good signing for Liverpool?
Ozan Kabak’s arrival will be a huge boost for Liverpool.
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
Although he may not be an immediate improvement to the squad, he could be a valuable signing for the future if he continues to progress at this rate.
Liverpool should do everything in their power to sign the in-demand Kabak, who has all the qualities to be a success at the club.
The ball is in Liverpool’s court and they need to take a decision on signing Kabak.
For all transfer rumors, news and much more regarding European football stay tuned to us at eurofootballrumours.com.
The content of this article does not reflect the official opinion of the eurofootballrumours.com. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the article lies entirely with the author.
Will Ozan Kabak end up at Liverpool this winter?
Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.