Liverpool opens talks to sign Ozan Kabak; Upamecano move expected – originally published on Sportslens.com
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak.
The 20-year-old is highly talented and was able to prove this. An excellent long-term investment for the Reds.
The Reds desperately need some depth in their defense and Kabak could be a good signature for them. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is out on ACL damage and is unlikely to return this season.
Jürgen Klopp cannot hope to challenge on all fronts with just two central defenders. Fabinho had to step in and play as a defender so far.
Also, Joel Matip has a troubling injury history and cannot rely on him for availability. Liverpool will have to try to sign a defender when the transfer window reopens in January.
According to Mirror the champions of the Premier League have now started talks with Schalke about a move for the young defender, and it remains to be seen whether the two parties can reach an agreement.
Apparently Liverpool intends to sign the Turkish defender for a fee of around £ 20m plus add-ons and Schlake is holding out for a fee of around £ 30m.
] The report adds that Jürgen Klopp is a big fan of the 20-year-old defender.
A move to Liverpool could help Kabak to develop further. Jürgen Klopp has helped players like Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Jones and Williams develop in recent years, and he was also able to help Kabak reach his potential at Anfield.
The German has proven to be an excellent coach over the years and he has done a great job promoting people like Sahin, Kagawa, Goetze, Lewandowski, Reus and Gundogan while running Borussia Dortmund. It is likely that Kabak will be drawn to the idea of playing under his direction.
In the meantime, the Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig was also associated with a move to Liverpool.
According to Sunday World The German team expects Liverpool to make a move for the 21 year old Frenchman.
Apparently Leipzig could sell the player for a fee of around 40 million pounds.