Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has already issued his verdict on Ozan Kabak amid links with Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The Turkish defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Anfield, with the Reds electing not to sign the Schalke man on a permanent deal.
He is still expected to depart the German outfit, with the club having endured a horrendous 2020/21 season and suffered relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. They have also been hit with considerable financial difficulties so are aiming to sell a number of their higher earners, including Kabak.
The Turkish defender is thought to have been handed time away from the club’s pre-season preparations as he attempts to resolve his future.
According to reports in Germany, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham are amongst those potentially interested in making a move but face considerable competition from the likes of Leicester City, Newcastle United, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig.
Meanwhile, it is further suggested that Kabak’s current employers have set a deadline of this upcoming Sunday for a deal to be concluded, which could nudge Spurs’ Fabio Paratici into making a move.
Whether he arrives in north London remains to be seen but despite having not sealed a permanent switch to Liverpool, Kabak still did enough to impress Klopp in his brief time on Merseyside.
Talking in April, the German said: “Ozan [Kabak] came in at 20 from Germany, was a big prospect but wasn’t lucky with the last two teams he played for, one went down [Stuttgart] and the other will probably go down [Schalke]. But nobody really doubted his quality.
“Then coming here and making this big step and winning more games than before, it’s really good for him that he can show that.
“We were convinced but in the end you never know, and he really proved that point.”
In his time with Liverpool, Kabak made 13 appearances in all competitions as the Reds sealed a third-placed finish in the Premier League.
He still has three years left to run on his Schalke contract and is expected to command a fee of €15million (£12.8m).
Meanwhile, Spurs continue to be linked with Lyon’s Joachim Andersen, who also spent time on-loan in the Premier League last season with Fulham.
Source by Football London