Sunday, January 17, 2021

Liverpool and Manchester United eye Turkish defender at cut-price of £25m

Both Liverpool and Manchester United have been keen to bolster their defense. United are facing issues lining up a solid centre-back duo. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp wants to sign a defender to resolve his injury troubles in the backline. Hence, both clubs are hoping to sign a defensive ace in the upcoming transfer window.

Liverpool and Manchester United are now eyeing Schalke defender Ozan Kabak. The Turkish defender is tipped to be a player of sensational value. His performances in the Bundesliga has been attracting interest from all across Europe.

To boost the interest further Schalke has reduced his price from £40m to £25m recently. Liverpool and United are hence hoping to seal a deal in January. Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig is also keen to sign the Turkish defender.

Schalke is reducing the fee to avoid any bidding war due to the current financial situation. The 20-year-old is also showing interest in making a shift to a bigger club. At this price, a number of clubs will express their interest in the youngster. This will help him get a chance to get into a better side in the near future.

Ozan Kabak wants to win big

Liverpool and Manchester United are keen to sign Ozan Kabak
Liverpool and Manchester United are keen to sign Ozan Kabak. Source: Getty Images.

The Turkish youngster is a player who wants to win big and play for big clubs. Starting in the youth ranks of Galatasaray, Ozan soon made it into Stuttgart in January 2019. Schalke soon made a move for Ozan in July 2019. The Bundesliga side activated his release clause of £13.5m (via Transfermarkt

) to lure him into their squad.

The 20-year-old was able to promote up the ranks much easier than most players. Ozan is currently showing interest in playing for a bigger club in the Bundesliga. The defender also acknowledges his desire to play in the Premier League. With Liverpool and United showing solid interest in him a shift may happen soon.

Ozan’s contract with Schalke runs until 2024, but with the German side willing to sell him. Schalke is also facing a financial crisis and hopes to make some money through player transfers. Hence the cut-price sale of a defender of Ozan’s quality. Schalke will be able to find a host of clubs with interest.

Liverpool are a side that relies on signing stars at an affordable price. Ozan Kabak is a player that Klopp will surely like to have in his squad. Hence they will look to rival United in the upcoming window for the youngster.

Liverpool and Manchester United need a solid defender

Liverpool will look to bring in Ozan Kabak as an alternative to Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool will look to bring in Ozan Kabak as an alternative to Virgil van Dijk. Source: Getty Images.

The interest to sign the youngster has different reasons for both clubs. Manchester United have had some trouble lately with their defense. Ole Gunnar is still unable to find a solid CB duo for United. The Norwegian lines Harry Maguire with Victor Lindelof mostly. But the duo does not have the complete trust of the Red Devils.

Hence, Ole wants to sign a speedy defender with good interception skills. Ole has made a huge list of suitable stars. But Ozan is likely to be the most economical one with a quality game. Liverpool are also in the hunt for defensive recruitment.

The Reds have had injury concerns since the start of the season. Though most of their players are back on the pitch, their main man Virgil van Dijk will be out longer. Hence Klopp is keen to bring in a defender in the January window. Allowing Liverpool to have a rotatable defensive lineup.

Ozan Kabak is a great option for both clubs. The youngster is also hoping to play in the Premier League. Either Liverpool or United will surely make a solid move for the youngster in the January window. This will help the youngster fulfill his dream as well.

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