Loris Karius will happily take a wage cut to leave Liverpool, according to reports. He proposed the idea to his ideal club.
Fotospor in Turkey claims that Karius wants to stay with the Turkish club. The German is currently in the second season of a two-year loan there but wants a permanent deal.
It’s not that simple, of course. The report says that Karius has asked for a free transfer and made the gesture of staying in Turkey right now, despite the global health crisis.
Not every Besiktas player has – they mention Victor Ruiz and Kevin-Prince Boateng as two foreign players who went home.
On top of that, Karius is apparently happy to take a wage cut. The mix of these gestures has warmed him to the Besiktas president, too, meaning he may stay at the club.
What RTK has to say
It increasingly looks as though the ball is simply in Liverpool’s court on this one. Karius appears happy to do whatever he has to do in order to win Besiktas around to the permanent deal – but can he do the same with the Reds?
The free transfer part will almost certainly be he sticking point. That’s a huge benefit to Besiktas, of course, but of none to Liverpool other than getting wages off the books.
Still, that might be enough. Karius won’t command a high fee, given his sunken reputation, and a quick transfer might be the best Liverpool can hope for.
In that case, they should probably just let him go.