Schalke defender Ozan Kabak has no pre-agreement with Liverpool, despite reports claiming otherwise.
The Turkish international is a reported target for Jurgen Klopp, who could be in the market for defensive reinforcements next month.
Liverpool have lost first choice centre-back pairing Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, with both set to miss a significant portion of the season.
That hasn’t impacted Liverpool’s title tilt, with the champions four points clear at the top of the table.
However, Klopp could still look to improve his options at the back and Kabak is a name that has been linked more than any other.
Sky Deutschland reported earlier this week that Liverpool had made contact with Schalke about a potential swap deal involving Divock Origi.
But George Gardi, a transfer intermediary believed to be working on a potential deal has refuted that any pre-agreement has been made with the English champions.
“Ozan has been talked about for years… It’s normal for a player of this type, with this profile, to have certain combinations but there’s no pre-agreement with any club,” Gardi toldTuttomercato.
He added that while he had no particular preference on his next move, he does have a “great respect” for AC Milan.
“Should Schalke deem him indispensable for salvation, then he’ll be available.
“Otherwise what I can guarantee is that it’s not true, as has been reported, that Ozan has expressed any preference for one or for another championship.
“What I can say is that he has great respect for Milan.”
That backs up agent Gaetano Di Caro who suggested that Kabak was edging closer to a move to the Rossoneri.
He told MilanNews : “I have spoken in person with the Schalke general manager for some market surveys. From what emerges, he has been talking to Milan for a long time.
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“Here they give for certain that Milan are already very close to Kabak. The Rossoneri have been looking for him for a long time.
“I also understand that [technical director Paolo] Maldini and [director of football Frederic] Massara have always been highly praised even by the player, they were the only ones who gave the feeling of wanting him at all costs.
“There was a bit of interest from Juventus, but the player knows he’s got a much better chance of playing regularly for Milan. All indications point to the Rossoneri.
“Schalke set a price-tag of €30m in the summer plus bonuses, but considering the current financial and sporting situation at Schalke, I’d say they’ll let him go for circa €23-25m.”
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