10 Dec 2016

Klopp's Next Transfer? Liverpool fighting to sign 'outstanding' £10m star who rejected 'Man Utd'

Liverpool are once again being linked with a new left-back ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.

On Friday, Sky Sports reported:

"Liverpool and Man City are set to go head to head in the battle to capture Schalke's Sead Kolasinac".

Liverpool have been linked with Kolasinac several times in recent months, but it appears that the Serbian left-back is keen to stay with Schalke. When asked in November about his future, Kolasinac admitted:

“[Schalke chief Christian] Heidel has already contacted my agent over prolonging my contract. There is no time pressure. I feel good here and Schalke is a great club."

Some info about Kolasinac, hailed as 'outstanding' by ex-Schalke boss Jens Keller:

* Left-back, who can also play as a DM, and a centre-back. Played alongside Liverpool defender Joel Matip at Schalke.

* Apr 2014: Kolasinac admitted that he he had an 'offer from Man Utd' (which he rejected).

* Apr 2016: Talksport claimed: "Kolasinac has been watched several times by Liverpool and an offer is expected".

Klopp is well aware of £10m-rated Kolasinac from his Bundesliga days, and given the fact he played alongside Joel Matip for 4 years, a transfer appears to make sense. It's also not beyond realm of possibility that Matip has recommended Kolasinac to Liverpool.

Schalke lost millions by allowing Matip to leave for free, and I doubt the club will want to make the same mistake twice, so it makes perfect sense to tie Kolasinac to a new deal. they won't want to make the same mistake twice.

Can Liverpool beat out City, though? The lure of Guardiola is undeniable, but Kolasinac will (arguably) have more chances of regular game time at Anfield.


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