Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Schalke Were Open To Late Liverpool Bid For Papadopoulos

Schalke remained open to a late Liverpool bid for Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos right up until the final day of the transfer window.

Reports in Germany suggest that while Schalke had essentially completed their transfer business prior to the final day, they were still prepared to let Papadopoulos leave if they received a compelling bid.

According to Kicker however, the 21-year-old had no real desire to leave this summer even if a bid had come in for him, with Russian club Zenit St Petersburg also linked.

Papadopoulos has been linked with a move to Liverpool throughout the summer after being spotted at the club's game against Fulham near the end of last season.

Indeed, some reports even suggested that a deal for Papadopoulos had already been agreed in principle and was only being held up by the player's inability to undergo a medical until he had recovered from a knee injury.

However, any chance of Papadopoulos moving to Anfield this summer was essentially killed off after the club announced the signings of both Mamadou Sakho from PSG and Tiago Ilori Sporting Lisbon.

Liverpool also successfully held onto Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, who both featured prominently in rumours of a move to Barcelona and Napoli respectively.

It now remains to be seen whether Liverpool continue to track Papadopoulos, with Schalke seemingly willing to let the player leave should they receive an appropriate bid in the future.

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