Liverpool completed the deadline-day signing of Ozan Kabak from Schalke on a loan-to-buy deal worth in the region of £1.5 million, according to reports. His international teammate Caglar Soyuncu, has sent the newly-announced Reds defender a message on Instagram.
Kabak, 20, joins the English champions from the Bundesliga alongside fellow centre-back Ben Davies, who arrived from Preston, as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his defensive options. Joel Matip was ruled out for the rest of the season on Monday night, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez long-term absentees, too.
According to The Athletic, sporting director Michael Edwards was able to negotiate a £1m loan fee with £500,000 in add-ons. Kabak will wear the No.19 shirt at Anfield.
Liverpool have the option, rather than an obligation, to sign the Turkey international in the summer if Klopp chooses to pursue a permanent move. The report adds that a fee of £18m plus incentives would be enough to tie-down Kabak’s long-term future on Merseyside.
It is also understood that Kabak was strongly recommended to Klopp by his close-friend and former colleague David Wagner, who worked with him at Schalke.
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Kabak leaves the German top-flight with 55 Bundesliga appearances to his name following stints at Stuttgart, as well as Schalke. He has also been capped seven times for his country.
The 6ft 1in centre-back also represented Galatasaray, too. He has clocked up over 4000 minutes of professional action before a move to the Royal Blues materialised last summer. Kabak has thanked Schalke fans for his time at the club on Instagram.
Kabak, similarly to Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri, makes the transition to Liverpool from a team that had majorly struggled prior to his Anfield arrival. Schalke currently sit rock-bottom of the Bundesliga, having won just one of 19 games this season – conceding 49 goals in the process.
Still, Klopp has a great record with players who have made the transformation to Liverpool from a team, who traditionally lose more than they win.
Kabak’s international teammate and Leicester City star, Soyuncu had a welcome message upon his central defensive counterpart’s arrival to the Premier League on Instagram.