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‘Liverpool were ready to pay’ for Leroy Sane but ‘the offer didn’t interest us’, reveal Schalke

Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt has confirmed Liverpool's interest in Germany Under-21 forward Leroy Sane and revealed the Premier League side submitted a bumper offer before the season.
Leroy Sane, right, is making a big impression for Schalke in the Bundesliga and attracted the attention of Liverpool in the summer. Tobias Schwarz / AFP
Leroy Sane, right, is making a big impression for Schalke in the Bundesliga and attracted the attention of Liverpool in the summer. Tobias Schwarz / AFP

Schalke’s director of sport Horst Heldt has confirmed Liverpool’s interest in Germany Under-21 forward Leroy Sane and revealed the Premier League side submitted a bumper offer before the season.

“There are already one or two big-name clubs who have expressed interest. Liverpool were ready to pay for him,” said Heldt.

According to magazine Sport Bild, Liverpool offered €15 million (Dh61.5m) for the teenager who has scored in each of Schalke’s last three games and has a contract until 2019.

“The offer didn’t interest us or the player,” Heldt said.

The son of ex-Senegal international Souleyman Sane has made waves in the Bundesliga with a series of eye-catching performances off the bench and he scored a superb goal at Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League last season.

He was part of the Schalke team that won the Under-19 German league title and made his Bundesliga debut for the senior team in 2014.

He scored the winning goal in Schalke’s 1-0 victory over Hamburg last weekend which left the Royal Blues third in the table.

“From the potential he is showing, Leroy has a big career ahead of him and is on the right path,” Schalke coach Andre Breitenreiter said.

Sane, who can play as a striker or winger, was already being courted by Europe’s top teams as a 17-year-old when Ajax made a 5m offer for him.

Having sold Germany international Julian Draxler to Wolfsburg before the last transfer window closed, it looks like the Royal Blues face a battle to keep another one of their rising stars.

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Updated: September 30, 2015 04:00 AM

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