Paul Robinson has claimed Liverpool would “be silly not to” sign Ozan Kabak permanently for a fee in the region of £10million.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the 21-year-old has “a lot of potential” and could be moulded into the player Jurgen Klopp wants with the right coaching.
Kabak moved to Anfield from Schalke on loan in January, in a deal that includes an option to buy for £18million at the end of the season.
However, Football Insider understands the Reds believe they can exploit Schalke’s current financial difficulties and negotiate a knock-down fee of around £9-10million.
A 10-times Turkey international, Kabak has made eight appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side to date and is expected to start against Real Madrid in the quarter final of the Champions League tonight.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the centre-half’s future, Robinson said:
“You can see that there is a lot of potential there, even though he has not set the world alight, you can see the potential.
“For that kind of money, you would be silly not to consider it. Kabak will not be a regular starter when all of the centre-halves are fit but for that price and that age you would snap their hands off.
“There is time for Jurgen Klopp and his coaches to work with him and mould him into the player that they want.”