Liverpool have been linked with a handful of centre-backs following Virgil van Dijk’s serious injury in the derby clash against Everton in October.

Last month, reports coming out of Germany explained Reds interest in Ozan Kabak is ‘no longer a secret’ and Schalke will need in excess of €35m to sanction his sale.

Calciomerctao explains the ongoing international break will help AC Milan recharge their batteries and also work on a strategy for the mid-season window, where their main focus is on strengthening their defence.

The Serie A side maintain an interest in the Turkey international and his name is on top of the Rossoneri’s list. Milan chief Frederic Massara has kept contacts alive with his entourage in recent weeks.

It’s claimed the Bundesliga side are experiencing a ‘moment of profound economic crisis’, which would force them to sell some of their players to raise funds.

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Kabak is the ‘number one suspect’ to be sold by Schalke and his valuation has dropped from €35m to €25m, with room for an ‘additional discount’.

At the end of the report, the Premier League winners get a mention. According to the report, Jürgen Klopp’s side are ‘seriously thinking’ about signing Kabak to fill in the void left by Van Dijk’s injury.

Calciomercato states contacts from Liverpool, most likely with the player’s camp, have been ongoing for several weeks.

Despite the Merseyside club’s competition, Milan are running strong, ‘with the player’s approval’.