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Rumour Mongering: Leicester City and RB Leipzig Target Ozan Kabak

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The young defender’s future lies away from Merseyside with the Reds choosing not to trigger their purchase option.

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Following news that Liverpool would not trigger their £18M purchase option on Schalke centre half Ozan Kabak, the 21-year-old Turkish international is set to hit the open market with the freshly demoted Bundesliga side said to be desperate to sell.

And even if the Reds won’t be signing him, it looks as though young Kabak could be set to remain in the Premier League if reports out of Germany of interest from Leicester City are true, with the Foxes said to be looking to get younger at the position.

They won’t be Schalke’s only suitor, though, with RB Leipzig—having already lost Dayot Upamecano to Bayern Munich and with Ibrahima Konaté close to a Liverpool move—also in the market for a centre half and said to be strongly considering Kabak.

Either would seem an intriguing option, with Leicester in the Europa League and looking to challenge for the top four in England next season while Leipzig look to continue to cause problems for Bayern in Germany and both in need of centre half help.

Schalke, meanwhile, are in desperate need of cash following their demotion, and even if he doesn’t end up at Leicester or Leipzig, there seems little chance that Kabak will be at the 2.Bundesliga club when the 2021-22 season kicks off in a few months.