Ozan Kabak’s tricky six months
Ozan Kabak is going to be faced with a fascinating summer. On loan at Liverpool for the second half of 2020/21, the Turkish international endured a tricky spell on Merseyside making just 9 Premier League appearances and failing to nail down a starting berth despite a defensive injury crisis.
It later became clear that Jurgen Klopp’s side had no intention of activating the 18 million pound option to buy that they had agreed with Schalke when they took Kabak on loan.
The Turkish international’s value has only plummeted from this point. He was unable to force his way into Turkey’s Euro2020 side, having to make do with a place on the bench as his nation went out with a whimper.
To make matters worse, his parent club Schalke have found themselves relegated from the Bundesliga this season, meaning that Kabak could well end up playing his football in 2.Bundesliga next season if he is unable to force a move away.
Ozan Kabak could be available for significantly less money. With player’s lack of appearances for Turkey at the EURO’s having ruined Schalke’s plans. They can’t afford to pay his wages so they need to sell him, and now they’ll have to do it for a bargain price. [Der Westen – 🇩🇪] pic.twitter.com/1RO15rJV0H
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) June 22, 2021
Both of these factors have meant that Kabak has suddenly become available for far less money than it was expected the 21-year-old would move for this summer.
Not short of suitors
Despite his tricky spell with Liverpool, Kabak has plenty of options this summer if rumours are to be believed.
🗞[@CalcioMercatoIT] | Tottenham Hotspur will consider a move for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak despite his underwhelming loan spell at Premier League rivals Liverpool.
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) June 20, 2021
In Serie A, Roma, Lazio, and Napoli are all weighing up whether to make a move for the Turk according to Italian outlet CalcioMercarto, while Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur represent interested parties from the Premier League. Leicester City have also previously been credited with an interest in the defender.
#NUFC are desperate to sign a centre-back.
Ajer, a Graeme Jones recommendation, Saliba & Kabak amongst scouted players mentioned here.
& why Lejeune’s future is looking, increasingly, like it’ll be away from SJP.
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) June 22, 2021
Whoever gets their hands on Kabak will be getting a fantastic value for money deal, although how much he can improve on his performances for Liverpool is another matter.
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