Liverpool were committed to matching Schalke's valuation of 19-year-old Leroy Sane during the summer transfer window, it has been revealed. Club director of the Bundesliga side Horst Heldt says the Premier league giants were interested in the move but the player rebuffed the offer.
The Express reports that the German club set the Reds an £11.1m asking price to sign Sane, which Brendan Rodgers' was content with matching before the player went off the idea. The former Bayer Leverkusen youngster scored four goals in 14 appearances in all competitions last term but has already had more of an influence this term, scoring three times in Schalke's seven league games.
During his breakthrough season, in the 2014-15 campaign, Sane impressed in the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu which saw him score the club's third before setting up Klaas Jan Huntelaar to net the winner. The team, then managed by Roberto di Matteo, would eventually crash out but Sane's performance did not go unnoticed in the eyes of Liverpool
"There was one or more prestigious clubs that contacted us about Sane," Heldt told Bild. "Liverpool was ready to pay money for him. These offers didn't at all interest us or the player. I am really not concerned about losing the player. Two years ago, Ajax made an offer as well. Leroy can have a great career ahead of him, he is on the right track."
Seven new players arrived at Liverpool during the summer, including Roberto Firmino from Schalke's top flight rivals Hoffenheim, a player who operates in Sane's attacking midfield position. Joe Gomez, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke were among the other additions during another summer of change at Merseyside.