Schalke are reportedly demanding a fee of €30m for Liverpool transfer target and Turkish international Ozan Kabak ahead of the January window.
According to Italian outlet Sport Media Set, as transcribed by Sport Witness, Liverpool are interested in signing Kabak and Jurgen Klopp has set his sights on bringing him to Anfield to bolster his squad.
The report claims that AC Milan have also held interest in Kabak in the past and Liverpool could be a rival to them if they attempt to sign him from Schalke.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
With Virgil van Dijk potentially out for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury, it comes as no surprise to see Liverpool being linked to a number of centre-backs. Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly, along with Kabak, have been mentioned as possible targets for Liverpool to strengthen their side in Van Dijk’s absence.
Should Liverpool sign a centre-back in January? Yes, because Liverpool’s depth at centre-back is a real cause for concern heading into the next few months of the campaign. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are the only two natural centre-backs at the club, with Fabinho also able to fill in – but that takes his presence out of the midfield three. This means that they are a little short in the position and signing a new centre-back could allay any fears of Matip, Gomez or Fabinho picking up injuries and leaving them with no senior cover.
Whether or not Kabak is worth paying €30m for is a potential debate, but that is a conversation that may be more suited to the start of January because there is still plenty of football to be played between now and then. If Kabak starts turning in excellent performances in the Bundesliga and Upamecano’s form drops off, for example, that could completely change Liverpool’s thinking.