Liverpool reportedly want Schalke 04 defender Malick Thiaw but that could frighten the club into selling a different centre-half.
SportBild claim that Liverpool are in regular contact with Malick Thiaw. They like the 19-year-old and, if the report is accurate, clearly want to sound him out for a potential transfer.
Schalke are reacting as you’d expect – they want to tie Thiaw down to a long-term contract without a release clause. That’s in the hope that they can secure a huge fee down the line, you’d imagine.
And so Liverpool’s interest could actually spark a transfer for a different Schalke defender – Ozan Kabak. He’s in demand, according to the SportBild report, who say AC Milan also want the player.
They went as far as making two offers ahead of the season. Schalke rejected both, however, with the largest being around £40m. But the outlet claims that the Germans couldn’t afford to reject such a bid this time around.
And that, too, could interest Liverpool. The Mirror believes that the Reds want Kabak and this all seems to add up for both the Reds and Schalke.
If Liverpool sign Kabak, after all, they’re far less inclined to move for Thiaw. Kabak is only 20 himself, and the Reds surely wouldn’t splash the cash on two defenders in that age group, given the talent already at the club.
So if Schalke really want to keep Thiaw – and see him as the long-term investment – then Liverpool’s interest will scare them. And if they’re open to moving Kabak on as it is, selling the latter to Liverpool to keep the former might make sense for everyone involved.