Liverpool preparing to pay initial £20m in deal for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak

Liverpool have opened talks with Schalke over the potential signing of Ozan Kabak.

The 20-year-old has been at the Bundesliga outfit for just over a year after signing from Stuttgart for £13m, and was said to be worth in the region of £40m before the recent pandemic changes matters.

The Turkey international is seen as one of the best defensive prospects in Germany having moved to the country at the age of four, having represented various international age levels since he was 13.

Although an initial fee of £20m might be enough – a further £10m could be needed in instalments.

The Mirror have reported that Klopp is a fan of Kabak, and he could be brought in as soon as January with Virgil van Dijk not expected to play again until the 2021/22 season.

An initial fee of £20m could be added to by £10m of instalments, despite the previous valuation of £40m.

Klopp said of his star defender this week: “I can understand people are interested in that.

“Virgil was here, he’s OK. But about when the surgery will happen and stuff like this, I don’t think it makes sense that we give pretty much a time schedule every day.

“But it will be fine and will happen in an appropriate time. So, that’s it pretty much – he is as good as possible.”

Before adding: “We don’t even want to know it, to be honest. It will take time, that’s clear.

“In the end, it’s really like this: all people are different and so we should not limit that by saying ‘for him it was that long, for him it was that long’.

“I think it makes sense from a specific moment in the recovery, in the rehab time, that it becomes individual because then everybody copes differently with it and each body. That’s why [there is] no need for [a timeframe].”

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