Newcastle United may be on red alert, as a new claim about Ozan Kabak has surfaced.

The central defender is back with Schalke now after spending the second half of 2020/21 on loan at Liverpool.

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Ozan Kabak (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The Reds had an £18 million buy option on the player, but chose not to exercise it.

The situation with Kabak has now seemingly become a bit of a mess for Schalke.

The German club, who were relegated in May, are under big financial strain at the moment.

Apparently, they can no longer afford to pay Kabak’s wages.

Bundesliga journalist Constantin Eckner has said (via Liverpool Echo): “Kabak was set to return to training with Schalke after his holidays after the Euros but they told him to have more days off to find a new club.

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Ozan Kabak (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“He has the right to train if he wants to, but there is no point! It is a really weird situation.

“Schalke might even terminate his contract before the end of August so he has time to find a new club.”

 

Newcastle were reportedly on the verge of signing Kabak on loan in January.

But Liverpool swooped for the Turkey international as they sought cover for the injured Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Newcastle may be watching Kabak situation closely

If there is potential for Kabak to leave Schalke for free then Newcastle might well be watching closely. Or at least they should be.

At the age of 21 the star has big potential, and obviously he’s already gotten a little bit of Premier League experience with Liverpool.

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Ozan Kabak (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Newcastle are said to be looking at Axel Tuanzebe of Manchester United.

There’s probably a decent chance for that particular deal to go through. Although the Red Devils are said to want a rather steep £5 million loan fee.

But maybe the opportunity to sign Kabak on a free, if it arises, shouldn’t be passed up.

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