17 Dec 2015

Klopp to Sign? Liverpool still want 'incredibly good' €15m attacking sensation. 'Offer' made aready?

Over the summer, Liverpool reportedly made a €15m bid for Schalke attacker Leroy Sane, and new reports this week suggest that the Reds are still tracking the 19-year old's progress.

According to the Daily Mail today:

"[Liverpool] are continuing to monitor Leroy Sane after having an enquiry rebuffed last summer".

The story so far:

Sept 2015: The Mirror reported: "Liverpool are tracking Leroy Sane, despite having seen a summer bid rejected".

Sep 2015: Schalke’s director of sport told Sport Bild: “Liverpool were ready to pay for him [Sane], but the offer didn’t interest us".

Nov 2015: Norway legend Jan Aage Fjortoft - a football analyst for Sky Sports Germany - claimed that 'Liverpool and Klopp' are making a 'big time' effort to sign Sane.

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.

* 15 goals/assists in 38 games for Schalke's senior team (one every 147 mins)

* Mar 2015: Sane's self-assessment: "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.”

* Nov 2015: Joachim Low's assessment: "He [Sane] has a special gift: speed paired with technique and strong running. Leroy [is] incredibly good [at] running into space".

If Liverpool's summer offer 'didn't interest' Sane, or Schalke, then it sounds like the Reds put in a trademark lowball bid, and were (rightly) sent packing. Schalke recently sold Julian Draxler for a whopping €36m, so the German club will probably hold out for a similar amount with Sane.

And why not? With Sterling going for £49m (magnificent daylight robbery), and Man United willing to pay up a ludicrous fee of £58m for Anthony Martial, there are clearly clubs out there who'll pay through the nose for Europe's top talent.

Under Jurgen Klopp, though, I doubt Liverpool will join the ranks of the shamelessly extorted.

Author: Jaimie K


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