Liverpool will attempt to negotiate a deal for Ozan Kabak, according to reports. The Reds haven’t given up on this one yet.
It doesn’t appear that Liverpool will do that, though. Instead, Romano claims there will be talks where the Reds hope to ‘change’ the deal.
In other words, they’ll want to lower that price and maybe sign Kabak for cheaper. So no, they won’t use their £18m option but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on the 21-year-old.
Liverpool to strike new Kabak deal?
It’s an interesting one. On the face of it, the Reds are very smart to do this.
Schalke have little to no bargaining power here. They’ve just been relegated from the Bundesliga and they will certainly need cash. They cannot afford to hold onto Kabak next season, not when he’s worth millions.
They pretty much have to sell and that works for Liverpool. But it all depends on Kabak’s thinking.
If Kabak tells Schalke that he’ll only move to Liverpool, the club pretty much have to accept any halfway decent offer from the Reds. Otherwise they don’t get their money and that’s no good.
Liverpool may plan on that, then. Wait it out, hope Kabak stays strong with his plan and sign him for millions less than that £18m option. Then everyone wins – except Schalke.
If Kabak is open to other clubs, though, things get tough for Liverpool. We imagine there will be some Premier League sides who saw enough from Kabak to value him at £18m. He’s very young, after all, but more than good enough to compete in the top flight.
He’s certainly worth more than £18m, in fact. Someone will outbid Liverpool and Kabak may want to move there. Schalke would then accept that bid.
And the Turkey international may not like life at Liverpool next season. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will all return, pushing him down the pecking order.
Reports suggest they’ll sign Ibrahima Konate for £34m, too. He’d certainly be another ahead of Kabak, given the much larger fee. They’re not going to sign Konate for near £20m more, just to sit behind Kabak, after all.
We think there’s a very good chance someone turns Kabak’s head, then. A decent Premier League side could offer him a starting berth, or at least ‘first backup’.
And if said club can put up the money, it’s hard to see Liverpool competing.