Liverpool: Ozan Kabak in profile
Ozan Kabak is heading to Merseyside this evening to complete his transfer to Liverpool. The club have now agreed a deal with Schalke to sign the Turkish international on an initial loan with an option to buy.
The Reds will pay a loan fee of £1million and have the option to make the deal permanent for £18m this summer.
Kabak underwent his Liverpool medical today in Germany and also signed his Reds contract in Schalke’s offices ahead of his move.
According to Liverpool reporter David Lynch, Kabak will now fly to Merseyside to finalise the deal.
He is exempt from the UK’s 14-day quarantine regulations on the grounds of professional sport.
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However, Kabak will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test before embarking on his flight to Liverpool.
Upon arrival, he will complete all the finer details surrounding his move as the Liverpool media team get to work on his unveiling.
Kabak is currently saying his goodbyes at Schalke as he prepares to embark on his new journey in England.
Meanwhile, pundit Paul Merson has raised doubts as to whether Kabak has the quality to slot into the Liverpool defence, due to Schalke’s struggles this season in the Bundesliga.
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“I feel they are just bringing a couple of bodies in,” he told Sky Sports News.
“When Fabinho got injured, I feel that was the moment where they had to drop Jordan Henderson into defence. It’s just a case of getting bodies in. The top-drawer out there are going to be £70m-£80m players.
“When you buy them, they will be on between £100,000 and £200,000-a-week. They won’t be playing in six months when Virgil van Dijk is fit and Joe Gomez is a very good player who will be one for the now.
“We can all spend the club’s money but at the end of the day, it’s a business. They are not expensive.
“The lad at Schalke won’t believe his luck. If you are his agent, you would be looking to get knighted! He has just gone to the champions… they have just one won game all season! That really did shock me.
“The lad at Preston is a decent player but it’s a massive jump. It’s just a case of getting bodies in.”
Kabak was not the only option Liverpool considered on deadline day.
Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car was under serious consideration while Braga’s David Carmo was reportedly the subject of two bids.
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