30 Sept 2015

Boss confirms: Liverpool 'ready to pay' €15m for exciting attacker. 'Offer' already made over the summer

Over the summer, Liverpool were linked with a move for Schalke attacker Leroy Sane, and new reports this week suggest that the Reds are still monitoring the 19-year old's progress.

During the recent transfer window, Liverpool reportedly made an €15m bid for Sane, and according to The Mirror today:

"Liverpool are tracking Leroy Sane, despite having seen a summer bid rejected".

Speaking Sport Bild this week, Schalke’s director of sport, Horst Heldt, confirmed Liverpool’s interest in Sane:

“There are already one or two big-name clubs who have expressed interest. Liverpool were ready to pay for him. The offer didn’t interest us or the player".

Some info about Sane:

* Left winger, who can also play on the right, or as a central attacking midfielder.

* Current contract expires in 2019.

* 40 goals/assists in 70 games for various Schalke youth teams.

* 9 goals/assists in 24 games for Schalke's senior team.

* 4 goals in 12 apps for Germany's youth teams.

* Mar 2015: When asked about areas for improvement, Sane told reporters: "I need to win more tackles, improve a bit physically and show more strength. These things are more necessary in the Bundesliga than they are in youth games.”

* 2015: Helped Schalke win the Under-19 German league title.

* Schalke coach Andre Breitenreiter's assessment: "From the potential he is showing, Leroy has a big career ahead of him and is on the right path".

If Liverpool made a €15m bid, then the club is obviously pretty serious about signing Sane.

However, Schalke recently sold Julian Draxler for a whopping €36m, so it's hardly surprising the German club rejected such a comparatively meager offer.

I really don't see the point of signing Sane when Liverpool have the likes of Ojo, Canos, Kent, Teixeira et al on the fringes of the first-team squad.

Liverpool could've saved £20m on Lazar Markovic by just promoting from within, so why spend big bucks on more teenagers when there are lots of talented academy players bursting for a chance?

Anfield is a graveyard for young, foreign attacking talent (just ask Markovic), and Sane would have to be insane to sign for the Reds.

Author: Jaimie K


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