Man United among the clubs looking at Schalke centre back Ozan Kabak

Manchester United join Liverpool in the race for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, with Bundesliga side lowering their asking price to £25m from £40m amid financial struggles – as Red Devils look to offload Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

  • Ozan Kabak is being looked at by Manchester United and has seven Turkey caps
  • The Red Devils are searching for a new centre back to partner Harry Maguire 
  • Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are among those deemed surplus to requirements 
  • RB Leipzig and Liverpool have shown their interest in the 20-year-old defender 
  • Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate could be bought by Liverpool or United

Manchester United have joined the clubs expressing an interest in Schalke defender Ozan Kabak.

The Old Trafford club are drawing up a shortlist of options to strengthen their defence and Turkey international Kabak is among the names being considered.

Sportsmail revealed in July that the 20-year-old was being considered by Liverpool, while he also has interest from RB Leipzig.

Ozan Kabak is on Manchester United’s centre-back shortlist and has seven caps for Turkey

Dayot Upamecano (pictured) and Ibrahima Konate have formed an impressive partnership

The latter are in the market for a defender as clubs are also circling around their centre-back pairing of Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate. 

Both of them have buyout clauses and are also among the names being discussed at Liverpool and United.

Kabak, a tough, combative player who is good on the ball, was initially valued at £40million in the summer, but the asking price has become more realistic with Schalke struggling financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are looking for around £25m now and that has alerted more clubs.

A swap deal involving Liverpool’s £20m-rated striker Divock Origi has been mooted, but has yet to be fully explored and the Premier League champions are looking at their other options as they look to narrow down their list.

United need a dominant centre back alongside Harry Maguire with concerns over Victor Lindelof. Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe have struggled to remain injury-free, while United are looking to offload Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones. Timothy Fosu-Mensah is also unlikely to sign a new contract.

Leipzig’s Upamecano has been among United’s preferred choices. He has a buyout clause, understood to be around £36.5m, but also has strong interest from Bayern Munich.

A move by Schalke for Divock Origi has been suggested but has yet to be properly explored

The likes of Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof have an uncertain future under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Kabak is a younger and cheaper alternative while his more physical style could be well suited to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, United are maintaining a watching brief on Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo from Independiente del Valle. 

The 19-year-old has been scouted, but reports of a £4.5m deal being agreed are premature.

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