Turkey international defender demands £80,000 a-week salary to stay at Anfield

By | June 14, 2021

Premier League suitors are reportedly being put off a move for Schalke 04 defender Ozan Kabak who is on loan at Liverpool due to his wage demands.

The Turkey international spent the second half of the 2020-21 season on loan at Anfield, starting 13 matches in all competitions.

However, the arrival of Ibrahima Konate this week, plus the imminent return to fitness of Dutch centre-back, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, means that Turkish defender is not needed by Jurgen Klopp on a permanent basis.

Kabak is believed to be eager to stay in the English top-flight, with the Foxes supposedly interested, but The Sun claims that the 21-year-old is holding out for wages of £80,000 a week.

Any interested suitors would also have to agree on a fee with Schalke, where Kabak stays under contract until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have reportedly been offered the chance to secure the services of Philippe Coutinho on a free transfer from Barcelona.

The Brazilian forward swapped Merseyside for Spanish giants for a nine-figure sum in January 2018, however, his two-and-a-half-year stint at Nou Camp has been underwhelming.

According to AS, Barca still owe Liverpool £50m from Coutinho’s move to Camp Nou, and the club are therefore exploring the possibility of letting the South American re-sign for the Reds for free in order to write off the debt.