Liverpool opted to reject another chance to sign Ozan Kabak, according to reports. That’s despite a significant price cut.
This comes from Goal journalist Neil Jones. He claims Schalke 04 offered Ozan Kabak to Liverpool only for the Reds to reject it.
The interesting part here is the price, however – £8.5m. That nearly £10m less than Liverpool initially would have paid in their loan deal.
Kabak spent the second half of last season with the Reds, of course. He proved himself to be a wonderful talent at just 21 and looks destined for a great career.
Liverpool, though, decided to sign Ibrahima Konate instead. Now it appears there’s no room left for Kabak.
Liverpool reject Ozan Kabak deal
We’ve got to believe this is a case of Liverpool having too many centre-backs at the club. They do have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams as well as Konate, after all.
That’s a lot of players for what is essentially just two spots in the XI. We’d expect Phillips and Williams to move on, in fact.
So adding another perhaps doesn’t make sense. It’s difficult to see how Kabak would even play, really. He’d require another injury crisis like last season.
Still, £8.5m for Kabak is a ridiculously good price. He’s a player who looked good enough for the Premier League already last season and he’s still only 21.
Kabak was good enough that Klopp called him ‘absolutely incredible’ and that he had ‘incredible experience already’ in an interview with Liverpoolfc.com.
The Turkish international could go on to become a fantastic player in a few years and with the right guidance. Liverpool could give him that guidance, too.
But only if he’s playing. And that’s why we can only assume Liverpool feel their centre-back options are bloated as is. In fact, we forgot that Ben Davies is a thing – you can add him to the list, too.
It’s unfortunate, though. Kabak will be worth at least twice that the moment you sign him. Schalke only want rid because relegation puts them in financial trouble – there’s an easy profit for anyone else.
Kabak will get snapped up for that kind of value. There’s no doubting that. But it’s a shame it won’t be Liverpool. We like Kabak but there just isn’t any room right now.