Liverpool reportedly believe that they can negotiate a fee of £10m with Schalke for centre-back Ozan Kabak at the end of the season.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool are in the process of working to secure a cheaper deal for Kabak, with the club currently holding a £18m purchase option in his loan contract.
The report claims Liverpool now want to take advantage of Schalke’s financial situation by bring that price down to £9m or £10m.
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If Liverpool can pull this off then it could be a sensational piece of business by the club. Kabak, after a rough start, has been a solid performer for the Reds since his arrival from Schalke on loan in January. He has averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.75 in the Premier League and 7.27 in the Champions League, showing that he has been a valuable addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Transfermarkt values Kabak at £22.5m and it is easy to see why when you analyse his C.V. The defender only turned 21 last week, but has already racked up over 50 appearances in the Bundesliga, 10 caps for Turkey and has now played in the Premier League and Champions League for Liverpool. This shows that he has bags of experience despite his age and plenty of room to develop as a player, as he is still in his, very, early 20’s.
Liverpool, therefore, could be getting an incredible deal by bringing him in for £10m – less than half of his market value and £8m less than the current clause in his contract. Hopefully, Liverpool’s efforts will be successful and they can secure a bargain in the coming months.
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