12 Jan 2016

Transfer Stunner: Liverpool close to signing 'incredibly good' €55m attacker. Transfer talks happening

Liverpool are once again being linked with an improbable January move for Schalke attacker Leroy Sane, and new reports today suggest that Reds actively negotiating a deal for one of Germany's brightest talents.

German newspaper Bild reports:

* Liverpool are 'moving closer' to the signing Sane, who has told Schalke that he wants to leave.

* The Reds are 'in talks' over Sane, who is reportedly the subject of a €55m bid from Man City.

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 Horst Heldt told Sport Bild: “Liverpool were ready to pay, but the offer didn’t interest us".

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

Dec 2015: The Daily Mail claimed: "[Liverpool] are continuing to monitor Leroy 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.

* 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 is clearly hold out similarly massive payday.

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

After spending almost £300m under Brendan Rodgers, I doubt Liverpool are rushing to rejoin the ranks of the shamelessly extorted. That said, at the end of December, Klopp hinted at interest in Sane, when he told Bild:

"Are we interested in Sane and Matip? They are Schalke players, right? It is correct that we are looking at all options".

is Sane worth such a huge amount of money?

Author: Jaimie K


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