Liverpool identify £40m-rated Schalke defender Ozan Kabak as a replacement for Dejan Lovren

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Liverpool have asked about Schalke’s highly-rated centre back Ozan Kabak.

The Bundesliga side are struggling financially and face the prospect of selling some of their top young players.

Kabak is a 20-year old Turkey international who has attracted attention from Manchester City, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund in recent seasons.

He is combative, good on the ball and tipped for a bright future.

Liverpool are in the process of selling Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg and are considering their options.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has a close relationship with Schalke coach David Wagner so will be well briefed on Kabak’s capabilities plus Schalke’s valuation.

That is understood to be around £40million which Liverpool would likely consider to be too high in the current climate.

The Germans may be willing to negotiate but would still push for that price with bonuses.

Schalke endured a difficult season in the Bundesliga, finishing the German top-flight in 12th place and failed to pick up a single win after lockdown.

Kabak featured 26 times for Wagner’s side in the Bundesliga, scoring three goals which saw him finish as Schalke’s fourth-highest goalscorer last term.

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