Has any footballer endured a more miserable last 18 months than Ozan Kabak?
The Turkey international’s short-lived Liverpool career came to a shuddering halt after just nine league matches. Then came an early exit from Euro 2020, the tournament’s supposed dark horses stumbling out of the starting blocks before embarking on a one-way trip to the glue factory.
And, just to rub salt into those wounds, Kabak would end last season stuck on the treatment table, powerless to prevent Norwich City’s latest relegation from England’s top flight.
If anyone needs a clean break and a fresh start, it’s him.
Ozan Kabak could replace Wolves target Stefan Posch at Hoffenheim
According to Kicker, Kabak is set to undergo a medical in Sinsheim ahead of a potential £6 million move to Hoffenheim. Parent club Schalke are desperate to sell. The former Stuttgart starlet’s near-£60,000-a-week wages are just too expensive for Die Konigsblauen, despite their promotion back to the Bundesliga in May.
And Kabak’s imminent arrival at Hoffenheim will raise further questions about Posch’s future.
Kicker back up reports from Sky Deutschland, claiming that Wolverhampton Wanderers are keen to strike a £9 million deal for the 11-time Austria international. Posch, handed his big break by Julian Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim, should slot into Bruno Lage’s Wolves side without much difficulty. He has plenty of experience playing in a back-three.
Then again, Lage has largely employed a classic four-man defensive system during pre-season. Nathan Collins has caught the eye already. Max Kilman, meanwhile, channelled his inner-Diego Maradona with a weaving wondergoal in the 4-0 thrashing of Alaves.
Posch has just two years left his contract. The 25-year-old could be a long-term successor to the ageing and increasingly injury-prone Willy Boly at Molineux.