Liverpool are set to finalize £ 1.5million loan for Schalke center-back Ozan Kabak
Liverpool are set to finalize a Â£ 1.5million loan for Schalke center-back Ozan Kabak with an option to buy Â£ 18million at the end of the season … with a 20-year-old having undergone a medical examination in Germany before traveling to Anfield
- Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Schalke center-back Ozan Kabak
- Liverpool saw Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car collapse
- Talks are now over for Kabak with cash-strapped Schalke ready to strike a deal
- Schalke working to replace Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi
Liverpool are set to secure an up-to-date loan deal for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak which will include an option to buy this summer.
Kabak saw a move to Newcastle crumble over the weekend, but Liverpool are now set to secure a Â£ 1.5million loan to make the deal permanent for around Â£ 18million in the summer.
He is due to undergo a medical examination in Germany and if all goes well he will fly to Merseyside on Tuesday.
Liverpool rekindled interest in Schalke defender Ozan Kabak (left) on transfer deadline day
Liverpool had been interested in Duje Caleta-Car (left) but that deal has since collapsed
Kabak has a Â£ 35million release clause but due to financial pressures and the threat of relegation for Schalke, Liverpool appear to have negotiated for much less.
Talks are underway with cash-strapped Schalke ready to make a deal now. Kabak wants a contract worth around Â£ 80,000 a week and the deadline in Germany is the same as in the UK at 5:00 p.m.
Jurgen Klopp has long admired 20-year-old Turkey international Kabak, although he is prone to strange mistakes. He is combative and well suited to the Premier League.
The defender is a smart player who has an academic background. He speaks English and German as well as his native Turkish.
He is very good in the air, a tough tackler and considered a competent passer. He also has strong leadership qualities despite his young age having played for teams that have struggled against relegation to Stuttgart and Schalke.
Schalke, looking for a replacement, has an agreement and provisionally contract in place with Shkodran Mustafi who is negotiating his departure from Arsenal.
Schalke has other options if Mustafi is not concluded despite the German transfer deadline being 5 p.m. and time is running out for the Bundesliga wrestlers to bring in a defender.
Kabak is a combative defender and is believed to be well suited for the Premier League
In recent seasons, Kabak has been on the radar for Leicester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus.
The movement for Kabak has gathered pace with the announcement that former target Duje Caleta-Car remains in Marseille as time was against them to find a replacement.
French club sporting director Pablo Longoria sifted through a number of alternatives that were suggested to him over the weekend, but Marseille want an EU player to replace Caleta-Car and could not actually signing only one on loan.
France‘s transfer deadline is 5 p.m. today and logistically they believe it will be too big a hurdle for the Croatian international’s dream transfer to be completed.
Caleta-Car, 24, would be devastated to see the transfer drop to the final hurdle.
Caleta-Car would be devastated if Marseille move failed to cross the line
He had agreed to join Liverpool and had to take a flight to Manchester to finalize the conditions before Marseille stopped negotiations.
They originally thought another defender could be found, but clubs have been reluctant to let out players who are within Marseille’s budget.
Liverpool have Ben Davies arriving for his medical this morning ahead of his Â£ 1.6million move from Preston North End with Sepp van den Berg on loan in the opposite direction.
Preston has the option to make the Dutchman’s deal permanent if he plays a set number of matches.
Ben Davies to undergo a medical in Liverpool ahead of his Â£ 1.6million move plan