Liverpool told to pay €50m for Schalke wonderkid

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Schalke have secretly extended the contract of up and coming wonderkid Donis Avdijaj, reports Sport Bild.

The 17-year-old has come on leaps and bounds at the Veltins Arena this season and has caught the eye of several top European clubs.

That interest convinced Schalke to offer Avdijaj, who has been likened to Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a new bumper contract with a huge release clause of €50m, even surpassing that of Julian Draxler, which is a reported €45.5m.

It's a blow for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who was named as one of the most interested parties by the German tabloid.

Rodgers has been keen to add Europe's best young attacking talent to Liverpool's ranks since taking over at Anfield. Philippe Coutinho was one notable youngster to make the move in Rodgers' reign.

Avdijaj's new deal, which runs until 2019, prevents Liverpool from forcing Schalke into a transfer and stands as a clear indication that the Bundesliga club are not willing to part with their homegrown talent.

They took a similar stance in January with Arsenal chasing Draxler. The Gunners were keen to add the young forward to their ranks but had their bid rejected.

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