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Liverpool news round-up: Kabak transfer blow, Reds name Origi price, Gladbach star targeted



Liverpool set to miss out on signing Schalke and Turkey defender

Schalke chief Jochen Schneider has warned that Liverpool-linked Ozan Kabak will not leave the club in the current transfer market.

Liverpool are yet to fill the void left by defender Dejan Lovren, who was sold to Zenit St Petersburg and have been mentioned with a move for Schalke’s 20-year-old centre-half Kabak, who is highly rated.

His side are suffering from financial troubles and recently let the American midfielder Weston McKennie move to Italian giants Juventus.

However, the club are not interested in cashing in on Kabak and are sure that the ace is happy to stay for now, with Jochen telling the fans not to worry.

Schneider is of the view that Ozan is one of the best centre-back prospects in Europe, is delighted to have the ace at Schalke and will do everything to make sure that he is still at the club beyond the end of the market on 5th October

“We are extremely happy that we managed to sign the greatest talent in Europe in this position last year with Ozan“, the sporting director told German broadcaster Sport1.

“Ozan is a great player and a wonderful person. We are very happy that he is with us. I can reassure all fans: we will not give Ozan up.“

It remains to be seen if Die Knappen management could rethink their position in the event the Anfield outfit come in with a big offer to snap up the 20-year-old Turkish defender over the coming weeks.

Liverpool ready to sell second-choice striker for £14m

Liverpool have allegedly set Divock Origi’s asking price at £14 million amid speculation of an exit for the Belgian striker before the end of the summer transfer market.

While Origi played a crucial role in the Reds’ Champions League triumph in 2019, the star has remained as a fringe member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Although the German tactician still values having the 25-year-old forward at Anfield, it appears that the Merseyside heavyweights are open to a sale.

According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur, Divock will be allowed to leave Liverpool for a sum in the region of £14m.

Konur states that Fenerbahce are currently ahead of Fulham, Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa in the race for the former Lille ace’s signature.

The Premier League champions may be prepared to think about a loan agreement, providing that it includes a mandatory option to buy next year.

Elsewhere, Liverpool are keen on Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria, reports say.

Any move is likely to wait until next year, however, when the 23-year-old is likely to be allowed to depart the Bundesliga club.

Deployed most often as a defensive midfielder, the Reds have tracked the progress of the Gladbach man and could make a move next summer.

A sum of around £45 million has been touted as enough to land the Swiss star, although, with a current contract that runs out in 2022, the Reds’ chief negotiators will be keen to chip away at that figure.

Liverpool reignite interest in Gladbach defensive midfielder

Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach for around £37m but may have to wait until next year to secure his services.

The holding midfielder has caught the eye of Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, according to Bild.

But the 23-year-old is contracted to the German side until June 2022, and it’s believed that they will not be open to selling him before next summer, ahead of the final year of his deal.

It’s rumoured that the sum Monchengladbach want for the Switzerland international is likely to be around £37 million.

Liverpool, along with a host of other Premier League teams have been keen on Zakaria since last year.

He has already made just under 100 appearances for his side since joining three years ago and has 28 caps to his name at international level.

Speaking on all the interest being declared in him, he told a German outlet Bild in an interview this year how flattering it was.

The former Young Boys ace said: “The fact that other clubs are dealing with me shows that I perform well.”

The Reds have fallen under intense scrutiny for their lack of activity in this campaign’s transfer market, while their rivals such as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have improved their squads.