Newcastle United may end up struggling to sign Ozan Kabak this summer, with RB Leipzig reportedly now entering the race.
The central defender is about to finish his loan spell with Liverpool.
It doesn’t look as if the Reds are going to trigger their option to buy on the 21-year-old.
The Daily Mail claim they are unlikely to facilitate a move, and that Leipzig are waiting in the wings.
Leipzig are set to lose Ibrahima Konate, ironically to Liverpool, and are looking for a replacement.
It was reported earlier this year (The Sunday Mirror (Football pullout, 14/02, pg 8) that Newcastle would consider swooping for Kabak if Liverpool were not going to sign him permanently.
The Magpies supposedly came close to signing him on loan in January (BBC Sport), only to be pipped to the post by Jurgen Klopp’s side who have had big problems with injuries to defenders this season.
Leipzig interest would be a problem for Newcastle
If Newcastle did still have hopes of landing Kabak, then it could be a tricky transfer to pull off.
Leipzig being keen could very well appeal to the player, with Kabak having been in Germany for the last couple of years before temporarily moving to Anfield.
They’re an attractive option for players these days, as the club is known for developing players and competes in the Champions League.