Chronicle Live journalist Lee Ryder has outlined the demands of Schalke and Ozan Kabak should Newcastle revive their interest in the former Liverpool man.
Kabak ‘piqued their interest’ in January before Liverpool swept in to complete a loan move.
The Reds’ agreement with Schalke contained an option to buy for £18million, but they’ve chosen not to exercise it (via This is Anfield).
Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side have added RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate to their ranks.
Kabak made 13 appearances during the loan spell, nine in the Premier League and four in the Champions League. He helped his side keep six clean sheets in those matches.
Schalke, who have been relegated to the German second tier, are apparently offering clubs the same deal Liverpool struck – a loan with a purchase at the end of the campaign.
That means Newcastle could avoid the sizeable £18million outlay for a year if they ultimately took up the option.
However, Kabak’s camp expect wages of £80,000 per week, which ‘could put off’ the Magpies.
That would make the Turkey international their second highest-earner behind Joelinton.
Kabak has been described as a ‘very promising’ player by The Daily Mail, one who could go on to be part of Europe’s elite centre-back bracket.
And Toon fans may remember the youngster very well from their most recent trip to Anfield, given he spent most of his final Reds appearance fouling fan favourite Allan Saint-Maximin, picking up a booking in a challenge that briefly injured the winger back in April.
Liverpool’s decision was harsh on the 21-year-old, who performed admirably well given the circumstances surrounding his arrival, managing those six clean sheets.
This would be a magnificent deal for Newcastle to at least secure the loan deal if not the purchase at the end of it, but you sense those salary demands may be an obstacle that’s too difficult to overcome.
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