Liverpool lay out their convincing plan to sign a £30million defender, while Sheffield United target a loan deal for a Man Utd star – all in the latest Paper Talk.
REDS OPEN DEFENDER TALKS
Liverpool have begun talks with Schalke about a deal to bring defender Ozan Kabak to Anfield, according to a report.
The Reds are short on recognised centre-backs, with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez their only options. Indeed, Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to return from injury before the end of the season.
But while Fabinho has so far filled in well, Liverpool feel determined to bring cover in when the transfer window re-opens.
The newspaper claims that Liverpool would have signed the 20-year-old in the recent transfer window. However, the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to their ambitious plans.
As such, the Anfield club will try again, with Schalke demanding £30million for Kabak. To convince the German club, Liverpool will reportedly pay an initial £20million.
What’s more, Schalke will receive several later payments as part of the deal to take it to £30million. Liverpool used such a deal structure to land Diogo Jota from Wolves earlier this year.
The Sunday Mirror claims Liverpool want a ‘New Year swoop’ for Kabak, meaning they are looking to wrap up a deal for the defender ahead of the window opening.
Indeed the Reds also used that tactic to seal a deal for Takumi Minamino in the last January window.
Kabak signed for Schalke last summer after the Bundesliga side triggered a £13million clause in his Galatasaray contract.
He has four senior Turkey caps to his name, after progressing through his country’s youth ranks.
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Free agent Jack Wilshere is considering a move to MLS after his exit from West Ham (Sunday Mirror)
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey faces time on the sidelines after picking up a groin injury (Mail on Sunday)
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard does not believe the hype surrounding his side this season (Sunday Mail)
Neil Lennon insists that defender Shane Duffy is not to blame for Celtic’s defensive mishaps (Sunday Mail)
Virgil van Dijk has ‘radiated positivity’ since his injury, according to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson (Mail on Sunday)
Leeds are keen on making a second attempt at a deal for Wigan wonderkid Sean McGurk (Sun on Sunday)
Gareth Bale says he is still working towards full fitness after his impressive Europa League display (Sunday Mirror)
A survey of spectators who attended football pilot events have given overwhelmingly positive feedback (Sunday Telegraph)
Sky Sports and BT Sport want to scrap the Premier League’s new pay-per-view service (Daily Star Sunday)