Liverpool have been tracking the Schake defender Joel Matip throughout this winter transfer window, but the hopes of signing the Cameroon international has took some serious damage as the German club has offered a new deal for the 24-year-old, claims Sport1.
Matip is out of contract at the end of the season, and the defender earlier spoke about his desire to play elsewhere than in Germany. But the Schalke management are keen to pressurize their vital player with a lucrative new deal.
Liverpool has conceded 32 goals this Premier League season and Jurgen Klopp has taken top-priority in bolstering the leaky defence, who has seen a reliable option in the Cameroonian. Klopp earlier bought Stephen Caulker from QPR and was trying to lure Matip to Anfiled, which seems unlikely after the offering of new deal by the German outfit.
Schalke coach Andre Breitenreiter also spoken that a winter move will not happen.
“I can rule out a winter departure, I am wishing for more competition between the players in the Ruckrunde [second half of the season]. We need that to maximise their performances.
However, Sporting director of the German club, Horst Heldt is not confident about the new deal for the player, phrasing the negotiations are not happening smoothly, which leaves a tinge of hope for Liverpool to sign him, in summer if not now.
“It is not going smoothly. On our side everything is clear, but Joel wants to wait and see Schalke’s development. There are no requests for him. Joel’s intention is not to leave the club in January. And if it was like that, we would prevent that with everything we have.”
The German-born Cameroon defender has played 27 international games, scoring once. He is usually deployed in the heart of defence, but is also successfully experimented in the defensive midfielder position.
A deal before the end of this transfer window is improbable, as Klopp earlier said that he do not see any more transfer for Liverpool today.