It is not that the media connects them for the first time, there was talk of such a possibility several times this summer. Speculations gained special weight when Dejan Lovren was officially sold to Zenit, but Jurgen Klopp was not bitten enough at any moment.
Ozan Kabak still stayed in Schalke, so that this weekend the story about the young Turk and Liverpool would be heated again. The reason, of course, is the serious injury of Virgil van Dijk and the fact that the Reds will have to activate the market during January in order to strengthen the competition in the last line.
In the previous two or three months, Klopp was advised several times that he would have to buy a replacement for Lovren. However, he remained of the opinion that he would rather buy someone else- which he did by bringing Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara.
The action of buying a central-defender will start in the first days of January, writes RMC and claims that Kabak remains the first target of the English champion. The Turk is just one of a constellation of young defenders who have grown up in the last two or three years on the Bosphorus.
Although he spent only one season in Galatasaray. This is a guy who has just turned 20 and has already made two big transfers. And in the last year and a half.
In the winter of 2019, he moved from Galata to Stuttgart, and only six months later, Schalke paid 15,000,000 for him.
The Royal Blues have a terrible second part of last season behind them and an even worse start to the new one (they haven't won for a full ten months), however Kabak was more or less up to the task and even managed to enter the list of scorers three times.
It is an extremely mobile central defender who could fit in well with Van Dijk in the future. If necessary, he can also play in the midfield, which Klopp especially likes, and he is also adorned with a good jump, that is, coping in the crowd.
The market value of Ozan Kabak is close to 30,000,000 euros. There will be an active buyout clause of 45,000,000 next summer, but Liverpool do not have time to wait that long. The English benefit from the fact that Schalke is in big financial problems, so it is assumed that they will not delay much in the negotiations.
In translation, they could sell a Turk for a sum between 30 and 40 million. Schalke recently left the main sponsor Clemens Tennis, the club is in a deficit of about 200,000,000 euros and any transfer would be good to patch at least part of this financial hole.
All this suggests that Klopp might be able to further bring down the price of Ozan Kabak. RMC states that Liverpool's wish is to negotiate with Schalke in the next two months, to settle everything and get a young player on January 1.