Liverpool have denied the chance to sign Ozan Kabak for just £ 8.5 million, with Schalke desperately trying to discharge the defender to raise valuable funds.
The 21-year-old was one of the men Jurgen Klopp addressed during the Reds’ center-back crisis, where the January deadline arrived 13 times before an own injury.
The loan deal came with the possibility of triggering a permanent deal of £ 18 million in the summer, but Liverpool chose it and landed instead Ibrahima Konate for £ 36 million.
The German club, which was relegated last season, is cash-strapped and needs to find savings after their already struggling economy was further hit by the pandemic.
And with Kabak apparently yet to draw suitors to the table ready to sign a deal, Liverpool were offered the chance to sign Kabak for just £ 8.5 million.
At first glance, it is a remarkable call as it is almost half the original fee that the Reds were quoted as agreeing on the loan deal for a 21-year-old with plenty of potential.
It would act as a classic Moneyball transfer, as Liverpool would undoubtedly be able to repay the fee and then some in a future window while initially either grabbing him as a squad player or finding another temporary home on loan.
But it is an investment that Liverpool will have to make in an area of the field in which they are now well equipped, not to mention a homemade quota it is already finely balanced.
Schalke’s desperation has not brought Liverpool to the table, but Leicester and Newcastle have been linked with Kabak in recent weeks.