Liverpool save £10.5m with their price for Ozan Kabak, according to reports. The Reds are doing some spectacular business.
This comes from journalist Chris Williams. He claims that Schalke set a price of around £30m for Ozan Kabak last summer.
Liverpool, however, won’t pay anything like that as they near a deal for the defender. The Liverpool Echo lays it out.
They say the Reds will pay £1m up front for a loan deal, with another £500k if Kabak makes a certain number of appearances.
Then comes an option to make it permanent for £18m. Altogether, then, Liverpool would pay £19.5m to sign Kabak.
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What RTK has to say
That’s a pretty significant price drop but, in truth, it only tells half the story. Liverpool only pay that and get him if he’s good – this is completely risk-free.
They’re effectively getting him on trial for the rest of the season and then deciding. If he’s not good enough, they’ve paid £1.5m for cover this season and can move on.
That’s essentially the complete opposite of buying someone for £30m and having to live with the result.
So we’re pretty thrilled about this. Liverpool have managed to take advantage of Schalke’s situation and, potentially, reap the rewards.
The German side sit rock-bottom of the Bundesliga, after all, in an already financially difficult season. That’s why Kabak’s price has dropped so far.
Well, that and the fact the 20-year-old just hasn’t been very good himself. Liverpool will hope that’s just a result of Schalke being awful as a whole.
And they aren’t putting much risk into that hope. If they’re wrong, he’ll head back there and the Reds move on. If they’re right, they get that £30m player for 2/3rds of the price.
Just really fantastic business.