Schalke remain concerned that Norwich City’s dreadful start to the season could scupper their plans to sell Ozan Kabak to the Canaries permanently.

The Turkish defender joined Norwich on loan at the end of the transfer window, having spent the second half of last season on loan with Liverpool.

The German side were keen to get rid of the defender, whose high wages were a problem after their relegation to the 2.Bundesliga last season.

They couldn’t find any permanent deals, so a loan to Norwich was settled on instead, with that including an obligation for Daniel Farke’s side to make it permanent in the summer.

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According to Ruhr Nachrichten, though, that will only be the case should they avoid relegation. If not, the transfer commitment would be ‘void’.

That’s causing concern at Schalke, who really don’t want Kabak back, particularly as he’s tied down to a deal until 2024.

The problem is Norwich are struggling in the Premier League this season, as they are without a win in their first eight games, bottom of the table and already four points from safety.

All indications are that they will be going back to the Championship this year, which would, in turn, see Kabak returning to Germany.

Of course, there’s plenty of time for that to change but at the minute, as far as Schalke are concerned, it’s a deal that ‘does not pay off so far’.