Newcastle United may be on high transfer alert, with high-profile journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming Schalke are looking to sell Ozan Kabak to a Premier League club.
He has said that Liverpool are close to signing Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, which means they will not take up their option to buy Kabak.
Kabak is to head back to Schalke, but it’s highly unlikely he will stay there following the club’s relegation from the Bundesliga.
According to Romano: “There’s ‘no chance’ for Ozan Kabak to stay at Liverpool – confirmed. He’s leaving the club and Schalke are looking to sell him in Premier League or Bundesliga.
“#LFC will trigger Ibrahima Konate’s release clause in the next hours and so Kabak will leave.”
Potentially this now opens the door for Newcastle, who wanted to sign Kabak in January before the Reds swooped.
The Magpies were poised to sign the Turkey international on loan but were pipped to the post.
A report from The Sunday Mirror (Football pullout, 14/02, page 8) later claimed that Newcastle would consider making a move for Kabak if Liverpool decided against a permanent transfer.
Newcastle’s chance to swoop?
It seems fairly clear that Kabak will be on the move this summer, but it won’t be too Anfield.
The information from Romano should surely pique the interest of Newcastle, who did want him during the last transfer window.
The Independent report that Leicester City are another team keen on Kabak, and perhaps that in itself should be a kick up the backside for Newcastle.