Liverpool may have been handed their chance to sign Schalke’s Ozan Kabak, with the German club electing to put the youngster up for sale.
The Reds are believed to be on the hunt for a new centre-back in the January transfer window following Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
The Dutchman is set to miss the rest of the season after a knee injury picked up in the Merseyside derby, and that has left Liverpool short at the back, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip their only senior options.
So far they have managed to get by with using youngster Nathaniel Phillips and Fabinho in the position, but the feeling is that a signing is needed moving forwards.
Several names have been linked as you’d expect, but one that continues to pop up is that of Kabak, who was linked during the summer.
Numerous reports linked with Liverpool with a move and, while it never happened, there has been a steady stream of suggestions that their interest has not gone away.
Indeed just yesterday Calciomercato claimed that the Reds were ‘seriously thinking’ about a move and if that’s the case, they’ve just been given encouragement by Schalke.
SportBILD report that because the financial situation at the club is ‘tight’ they have decided to put Kabak ‘in the shop window’ and want at least €25m to sanction a sale.
That’s considered ‘a lot of money’ in the current climate, but it’s explained that price already comes with ‘the Corona discount’, meaning the German side can’t really move from it.
Kabak is not the only one up for sale either, with the club also happy to let Amine Harit go if they receive a ‘reasonable offer’ for him.
Now, to be clear, there is absolutely no mention of Liverpool coming in with a bid or anything of that nature.
But given their interest is well established by this point and €25m is not an insurmountable price by any means, it would not be surprising to see this one picking up pace in the coming weeks and months.