3 Mar 2016

Marquee Transfer: Liverpool want 'incredibly good' €55m attacking sensation. Klopp impressed. 'Offer' made already

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Schalke attacker Leroy Sane, and new reports this week suggest that Jurgen Klopp os actively tracking one of Germany's brightest talents.

The Liverpool Echo reports:

"Liverpool [want] Schalke winger Leroy Sane. Jurgen Klopp has been sending his scouts to see Sane in action on a regular basis, and he's impressed".

Recent Transfer timeline:

* Jan 2016: Bild claimed that Liverpool were 'moving 'moving closer' to signing Sane, who was reportedly the subject of a €55m bid from Man City.

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

* Sep 2015: Schalke’s director Horst Heldt told Sport Bild: “Liverpool were ready to pay, but the offer didn’t interest us".

Some info about Sane:

* 20 year old Left winger, who can also play on the right, or as a central attacking midfielder. Current contract expires in 2019.

* 16 goals/assists in 47 games for Schalke's senior team (one every 178 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".

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? It's probably all moot anyway as Sane is reportedly Pep Guardiola's number one transfer target for when he takes over at Man City.

Author: Jaimie K


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