AC Milan failed to secure the centre-back they wanted in the transfer window – but will try again in January.
Kabak, 20, remains the profile most appreciated by Milan’s technical department and owners.
Schalke were demanding €20m for Kabak before the transfer deadline, with Milan offering €15m.
Facing a brick wall, Milan turned to ‘plan B’, Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan, but fell well short of the French club’s asking price.
Strasbourg wanted €20m for Simakan, with Milan’s offer of €10m (€8m plus €2m bonuses) half of that.
Other options such as Antonio Rudiger – who eventually stayed at Chelsea – were explored, but not followed up on.
Milan postponed their defensive search until January when they will again try to sign an under-23 defender.
Kabak will remain the priority, with Milan counting on Schalke giving them a discount and finally accepting €15m.
Two of Milan’s pillars, the pair are out of contract next summer and Milan do not want to lose them for free.