Liverpool are going to have to be thrifty this summer. The Reds need to make a number of signings to fix the obvious problems in the squad. A raft of signings will cost serious money so we’ll need to save pennies where we can. Liverpool trying to negotiate a lower Ozan Kabak fee would be cut throat but necessary.
This season has exposed just how thin the squad is and how weak the depth is.
The Reds lost most of the squad to injury at one time or another and the backup brigade failed to step in and keep standards high.
We need to add depth in key areas and upgrade on the currently backup stars.
Such sweeping changes are going to cost a lot of money.
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Liverpool negotiating for Ozan Kabak
In the winter transfer window Liverpool signed Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke.
The Reds included an option to buy the defender for £18m in the summer.
According to David Ornstein for The Athletic, Liverpool are looking to lower the fee for Ozan Kabak.
Speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman podcast, the journalist said:
“I think they need to let Schalke know around mid-May. I don’t know the exact date,” Ornstein explaied.
“Some people I speak to suggest that he will be sent back, some people I speak to suggest he will be sent back and Liverpool will try to negotiate a lower fee than the option…
“I really don’t know if they’re going to go for Kabak as well, but of course he was not in the grander plan, it was a make-do signing that Liverpool very skilfully got on loan with an option, rather than permanently.”
Cut throat but necessary
The thinking seems to be that Liverpool can exploit the desperate situation at Schalke.
The German side is all but relegated and will have to raise some money as they drop a division.
Liverpool could well be looking at this disaster planning thinking that they can squeeze a better deal out of the Bundesliga side.
Given how many signings we need to make this summer, this would be cut throat from Michael Edwards but wholly necessary.