Liverpool, Man Utd impressed by Bundesliga hotshot who may be available

Date published: Monday 15th February 2021 4:17 - Samuel Bannister

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Liverpool could follow up their acquisition of Ozan Kabak from Schalke by signing one of his former teammates, according to a report.

Kabak was Liverpool’s main signing in the January transfer window, arriving on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.

Liverpool took advantage of Schalke’s need to raise funds in the summer by structuring a deal for the centre-back, which in turn should help their own concerns in defence.

But Kabak is not the only Schalke player to have been on Liverpool’s radar. According to a report, they are interested in a striker from the Bundesliga club too.

The player in question is Matthew Hoppe, who is also wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham.

That’s according to 90min, who suggest that Hoppe may be the next player Schalke have to sacrifice.

The striker only signed his first professional contract earlier this month. But he is already showing his ability, scoring five goals from his first eight Bundesliga starts.

Now, top clubs across Europe are becoming aware of him. The 19-year-old has been scouted by Liverpool, United, City and Spurs.

There is also apparently interest in Hoppe from Italy and Spain. However, it is not yet clear which clubs from those countries are in the race to sign him.

Schalke do not want to sell the American. But if they suffer relegation from the Bundesliga and their financial concerns spiral, they may have little choice.

That could present an opportunity for the interested Premier League teams to swoop.

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Hoppe the next American prospect?

Several American players have made their way into the European game in recent years.

For example, Christian Pulisic worked his way to Borussia Dortmund and then to Chelsea.

A number of other USA internationals are hoping to follow his pathway to the Premier League. Hoppe will be one of those keeping his options open for the future.

His stance on a potential transfer is not yet clear. However, interest from the four clubs mentioned would surely prove tempting.

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