SportBild: Music to the ears of Milan and Liverpool as side slash asking price of €45m star

By Oliver Fisher -

Schalke may accept the amount that AC Milan offered in the summer window for central defender Ozan Kabak, a report claims.

Calciomercato.com recently reported how Kabak is a player that remains in Milan’s sights and they could very well go back in for him when the window reopened having failed with an attempt to sign the 20-year-old late in the summer window, but that Liverpool are also interested.

Schalke’s sporting director Jochen Schneider confirmed that he was a target for the Rossoneri during an interview with WAZ, and also failed to rule out the idea he could leave in the next window.

“Milan knocked on our door at the end of the transfer market and a sale at that moment was out of the question for us,” he said.

“I only read what was written in those days. We are still in difficult economic times, this season could be played until the end without spectators. So I can’t and I don’t want to exclude anything.”

Now, SportBild have confirmed that Kabak is the “hottest candidate” to leave Schalke in the January window as they cannot rule out the sale of their biggest names given the COVID-19 crisis affecting their finances.

The German outlet add that while Milan’s offer of around €20million in the summer window was turned down, the Gelsenkirchen club know that clubs are unlikely to pay his €45m release clause that kicks in next summer.

This means that Schalke could accept a bid of around €20m were it to arrive during the January window, which is music to Milan and Liverpool’s ears.

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