Liverpool made a late surge for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak on transfer deadline day.
They signed the Turkish international on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent £18million deal in June.
After moves for Sven Botman, Duje Ćaleta-Car and David Carmo broke down over the course of the January window and days before the deadline.
The late push for the centre-back at struggling Bundesliga side Schalke initially received mixed views.
Christian Gross was appointed as the Royal Blues manager at the end of December becoming their fourth manager since September 2020.
Liverpool signed 20-year-old Ozan Kabak on loan on February 1st and it was announced at – –
Timeline of Kabak’s Day
10:06am: First Linked
Sky Sports Deutschland reporter Max Bielefeld first reported that the Reds were in for the former Galatasaray defender.
He stated that Schalke will need to find a replacement before Germany’s 5pm deadline.
Liverpool were looking to sign Kabak on loan with a option to buy.
10:30am: Preparations for a Medical underway
The news broke and was changing by the minute as more details were coming to the surface after the first initial contact between those in Merseyside and Gelsenkirchen.
Liverpool have been linked with Kabak before in 2019 but due to the defensive crisis the Reds were in, they were desperate to add to their ranks.
22 minutes after the first contact, arrangements for the medical were in place.
Sky Sports’ Vinnie O’Connor broke the news:
12:07pm: Ozan Kabak arrives at Schalke’s Medical Centre ahead of medical tests
Kabak arrived at Schalke’s medical centre, showing no signs of any injuries as he had a race against time to get his checks completed so Schalke could continue their search for a replacement.
12:34pm: An Agreement Reached
Transfer Guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed that representatives of Kabak and Liverpool had agreed terms.
Now it was down to the legalities and Schalke’s search for a replacement.
2:16pm: Mustafi talks stalling
The World Cup winner was the key in ensuring that Kabak would be a Liverpool player come 11pm.
An outcast at Arsenal, Mustafi was looking to leave the Emirates and still had six months on his Gunners contract.
3:02pm: Schalke train without Kabak
Journalist in Gelsenkirchen, Lukas Rott, reports that Schalke train without the Turkish international “as expected”.
3:03pm: Agreement Reached
Fabrizio Romano was back with the news Liverpool fans were all hoping for.
Representatives of the two parties were able to come to an agreement.
Mustafi follows former Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac to the VELTINS-Arena.
4:27pm: Mustafi to Schalke confirmed
It was confirmed by BILD Journalist Christian Falk that Shkodran Mustafi would move to Schalke.
4:40pm: Kabak says his goodbyes
Back to Lukas Rott, he confirms that with an hour and 20 left of the German Transfer Window, bid his farewell to his team mates.
4:51pm: Kabak travels to Merseyside
David Lynch confirmed that Kabak would travel to Merseyside to complete his move and officially become a Liverpool player.
6:55pm: Liverpool agree ‘in-principle’ to sign Kabak on loan.
The formality became a reality albeit in principle.
It was reported Liverpool will pay an initial loan fee of £1million, which could rise to £1.5million.
Also at the end of his loan spell, the Reds could pay £18million, with add ons could be up to £26.5million.
10:58pm: Kabak is a Red
It’s official. What a day for the Turkish international, he will be able to train alongside one of his heroes in Virgil van Dijk.