Liverpool look set to complete the loan signing of Ozan Kabak from Schalke before the transfer deadline on Monday evening, and after the details of the deal were revealed, it seems clear that this is another excellent piece of business by sporting director Michael Edwards.
According to The Athletic journalist James Peace, the Reds will pay just £1 million as a loan fee for the Turkish centre-back, with a potential £500,000 in add-ons based on his appearances.
If he impresses, Jurgen Klopp’s side can also complete his permanent signing for just £18 million, but they have absolutely no obligation to do so, meaning they can send him back to Schalke in the summer if he fails to win over the German manager with his performances.
This represents excellent value for money, as the 20-year-old is currently valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt.
Potentially paying as little as £1 million for a centre-back with plenty of potential, with journalist Max Bielefeld describing him as “one of the best young centre-backs in Germany” during Sky’s coverage of deadline day, could represent extraordinary business for Liverpool, especially if he can help the Reds retain their Premier League title this season.
Whilst Kabak’s performances this season have been slightly worrying, as he has averaged a poor 6.39 rating for his performances in the Bundesliga, he has been playing in a Schalke side bereft of any form confidence, so could be a completely different player in this Liverpool side.
Certainly, with Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Fabinho all currently sidelined, signing centre-backs had to be a priority for the Reds on deadline day, and Edwards looks to have delivered yet another masterclass in signing Kabak, especially if he can live up to his potential with the Anfield outfit. If he doesn’t, he’ll have only cost them a maximum fee of around £1.5m.
Hopefully, for Liverpool, Kabak can slot into Klopp’s side quickly, as there’s no doubt that with their current injury concerns, it shouldn’t be long until he is entrusted to make his debut for the Premier League champions.
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