Leicester’s talks with Schalke over the signing of Ozan Kabak are “in the final stages” with the foxes close to securing a £ 8m defender.
The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Liverpool and after a shaky start to his Reds career, he eventually made his way into the Premier League and helped the club reach an unlikely third place.
Although his season was limited by injury, the early signs seemed to indicate that Liverpool were keen to secure a permanent move for the borrower.
Kabak himself revealed his desire to move to Anfield, but with Schalke demanding £ 18m for his services and Liverpool having already strengthened their defensive options with the addition of Ibrahima Konate, it soon became clear that Turkey’s international would not secure a permanent move to Merseyside.
After seeing his dreams of a move to Liverpool shatter, Rudy Galetti now reports that Leicester are about to sign Kabak. The Bundesliga side is implied to have accepted the fox’s bid, and the deal should be rubber-stamped once the finer details have been discussed and Kabak has completed a medical treatment.
Given Schalke’s previously quoted valuation of 18 million pounds, the foxes seem to have taken something from a find with Kabak on his way to King Power Stadium for only 8 million pounds.
Schalke’s boring 2020/21 campaign – where they recorded only three league victories throughout the season – saw them relegated from the German top flight with a moderate 16 points, which means that they have been forced to download some of their better players in an attempt to generate cash.
The move is just the latest in a long line of smart deals from Leicester as they continue to excel in the transfer market.
Brendan Rodgers has already secured offers for high-ranked pair Boubakary Soumare and Patson Daka this summer, while they have also battled for competition to complete the free signing of Englishman Ryan Ryan.