Liverpool sign Ozan Kabak from Schalke 04, according to reports. The Reds bolster their defensive options.
Liverpool sign Ozan Kabak, as per the official club site. It’s initially on loan, but with room for a permanent deal.
Liverpool pay just £1m up front, with £500k in appearance bonuses, per Sky Sports. They then have the option to make it permanent for £18m – bus further bonuses could rise that to £26.5m.
Altogether, the maximum here is £28m, if Kabak ends up being ideal and having a long Liverpool career.
What RTK has to say
What a signing this is. Kabak is a player with fantastic potential, with several years of experience at just 20.
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Yet Liverpool get a hold of him for about as low-risk a deal as you can possibly get. They pay £1m to get a look at him, £500k is he offers proper cover, and only need to make a commitment if they really like him.
It’s £1m risk – that’s it. If he’s bad, they won’t even pay the extra £500k and can instead play with the options they already have.
If he’s good enough to help out this season, then that’s just £1.5m for the privilege of saving the season.
And if Kabak truly shines, Liverpool get a player for £10.5m less than he would have cost last summer. Truly wonderful business. Remarkable.
Yes, £10.5m less – that’s according to journalist Chris Williams.
We can’t praise this one enough. Kabak has the experience and quality to be a good signing right away. We weren’t 100 per cent sure Liverpool could get a player like that.
But to get someone like that who has such potential, and to do it on loan? We truly can’t praise this deal enough. It’s blown us away.
Along with Ben Davies, Liverpool now have a series of centre-back options that they haven’t had since Virgil van Dijk went down.
We feel a lot more confident about the season and Liverpool instil that confidence without jeopardising their summer by committing to spending this month.