Newcastle United will have to pay £12.8million if they want to sign Ozan Kabak this summer.
That’s according to German journalist Patrick Berger, who claims the defender will be given another week off to ‘clarify his future’.
Kabak has been linked with Newcastle for a long time now, and nearly joined the Magpies in January until Liverpool swooped in.
Now it seems as though they face competition from Leicester.
Berger claims that the Foxes are leading the race for Kabak, with Schalke wanting £12.8million for his services. That’s quite a bit lower than the £18million fee that had been claimed earlier in the window.
And if Berger is correct, then that’s exactly what the German side have done.
But will Newcastle now make a move?
Ozan Kabak to Newcastle feels unlikely right now
With uncertainty surrounding the takeover, it doesn’t feel like any significant money will be spent until the ownership issue is resolved.
Therefore, even though he could be £5million cheaper than before, a move for Kabak feels unlikely.
On top of that, can the Magpies compete with Leicester? Brendan Rodgers’ side are one of the best run clubs in the country, can offer Europa League football, and the chance to play with fellow countryman Caglar Soyuncu.
In contrast, Newcastle can offer…a relegation battle, probably.
If Leicester are leading the race, then Kabak will likely be another centre-back target who Newcastle miss out on.
Steve Bruce is desperate for another defender, but links with Kristoffer Ajer and William Saliba seem destined to end in tears. At the moment, it feels like Kabak will be added to that list.