Liverpool open talks to sign £32m Ozan Kabak from Schalke

Liverpool have made a move to sign Ozan Kabak from Schalke

Liverpool have made a move to sign Ozan Kabak from Schalke (Getty Images)

Liverpool have opened talks with Schalke to sign Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak, according to reports in Germany.

The Premier League champions are expected to be in the market for a new central defender this summer if Dejan Lovren leaves the club.

Earlier this week, widespread reports claimed that Lovren is on the verge of joining Zenit St Petersburg in a £10.9 million deal.

According to Bild, Jurgen Klopp has already identified Lovren’s replacement as Liverpool have made a move to sign Kabak from Schalke.

The report claims that Liverpool and the Bundesliga club are now in talks over a potential deal this summer.

But Schalke are demanding €35m (£31.8m) for the 20-year-old, who was signed from Stuttgart in a €15m (£13.5m) deal last summer.

Schalke are demanding around £32 million from Liverpool for Ozan Kabak

Schalke are demanding around £32 million from Liverpool for Ozan Kabak (AFP via Getty Images)

Kabak also has a release clause in his contract with Schalke which would allow him to leave the club next summer for €45m (£41m).

Kabuk, who won his first senior cap for Turkey in November, is also a huge admirer of Virgil van Dijk.

‘My personal aim is to become a top defender in maybe two or three years, like Virgil van Dijk. He’s my idol, I really like him,’ the 20-year-old said earlier this season.

‘I like his style and how he plays, so I can say he’s my football idol’

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