Liverpool have signed Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke 04 with an option to buy permanently.
The Reds will pay a £1m loan fee with the opportunity to pay £18million plus add ons in the summer if he fits the bill.
Although, the optional buyout clause doesn’t need to be activated till June 2021.
Kabak is one of two new signings for the Reds, the Turkish international will join Ben Davies who is set to join Liverpool after undergoing a medical.
The 25-year-old is close to joining the Premier League champions for £2million from Championship side Preston North End.
It was reported that Schalke wanted a clause that would see Liverpool be obliged to pay the full fee in the summer but it was negotiated that it would just be an option.
Kabak’s parent club Schalke are currently bottom of the Bundesliga with just one win so far this season.
The club is in disarray with trouble behind and the scenes. They’ve had four managers since September 2020.
It was a hard pushed deal with pressure on representatives of the clubs and of Kabak as the transfer window in Germany was due to shut at 5pm.
Schalke wanted a replacement before they allowed the 20-year-old to depart.
The key to the deal was Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi as he looked to force a move from the Emirates.
A return to his native Germany looked to be the move which would allow the move.
Standing at 6ft 1in, the Schalke youngster enjoyed spells at Galatasaray and VfB Stuttgart.
He already has admiration for Liverpool and none other than towering centre-back Virgil van Dijk, labelling the Dutchman ‘One of the best defenders on the planet.’
He was apart of a very busy deadline day for the Reds, with a lot of toing and froing as a result of multiple conflicting reports of those potential defensive suitors.
February 1st saw Liverpool linked with Sven Botman, David Carmo and Duje Caleta-Car.