Price heading north as Man Utd register interest in Liverpool defensive target

Matthew Briggs
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Manchester United have made an enquiry about Liverpool defensive target Ozan Kabak, claims a report.

The Schalke defender has been linked with Jurgen Klopp’s men as the champions look for cover for Virgil van Dijk.

Now though a report in Italy claims that United are chasing the highly-rated 20-year-old.

Calciomercato reports that AC Milan and Inter Milan are after the defender, but their headline says “big one appears”.

That is in reference to United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to “like” the Bundesliga player.

Sport Witness refer to a short report from the Italian source, and that is an understatement with no details in the two-line report.

Liverpool have also been mentioned as suitors for Kabak, who still has four years left on his contract with the German club.

The Liverpool Echo though have claimed Reds officials are not interested in Kabak.


The local paper claims that links with Kabak have “been met with some head scratching” by club officials, for example. A source has told the newspaper that it could simply be “the work of an exuberant agent and a team desperate for the cash.”

It is worth pointing out that the paper were misled over the signing of Thiago Alcantara. In September they claimed the Spaniard was “not an active target” only to sign him later in the month.

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Liverpool’s inexperienced options

Whether the injury to Fabinho will intensify Klopp’s search for a defender in January remains to be seen.

With Van Dijk likely to be out for the season and Joel Matip injured, Fabinho stepped in.

However, the Brazilian suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Midtjylland. As such, Rhys Williams, 19, made his second Champions League appearance of the season.

Klopp has admitted his cover in the form of Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips are “inexperienced”.

“We have very young and inexperienced alternatives, and at the moment it looks like we have to choose one of them,” the manager said on Tuesday night.

Kabak, a former Galatasaray player, can expect his price tag to soar with two Premier League giants looking at him.

Sport1 claim Schalke will need €35m-plus to cut ties with the defender, only a week after €25m was mentioned a price which could push through a sale.