Liverpool will be forced to fork out an additional £500,000 to Schalke if they qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.
This comes from The Telegraph. They say that the six-figure sum was part of the loan agreement put in place with Schalke following the successful acquisition of Ozan Kabak.
The English champions announced the signing of Kabak on deadline-day, on a loan-to-buy deal.
Liverpool have agreed to pay an initial £1 million fee for the 20-year-old centre-back.
However, the aforementioned fee will increase by an additional £500,000 should Liverpool qualify for Europe’s premier competition for a fifth consecutive season.
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It represents another financial shrewd deal from sporting director Michael Edwards. The agreement in place with Schalke also means there is no obligation for Liverpool to buy Kabak permanently come to the end of his loan period.
According to The Athletic, Liverpool can sign the seven-time Turkey international for £18m if Klopp deems Kabak’s long-term prospects to be best served at Anfield.
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What a signing this could be for Liverpool. Considering the player’s age, experience and the timing of the deal, Edwards has worked wonders to get such a quality player at a cut-price.
It’s a relatively low-risk as it could get from the Reds’ perspective. Moreover, Liverpool have utilised Schalke’s financial situation to their own advantage.
At just 20-years-old, the Reds could have a player on their hands capable of playing at the top for the next 10 to 15 years.
Effectively, Liverpool hold all the cars in this situation. This is made to look even more impressive when you consider the fact Edwards was able to orchestrate it so late on in the window.
Throw in the successful acquisition of Ben Davies and Liverpool are two central defenders better off than they were on Monday morning.
Oh Michael Edwards, you’ve only gone and done it again.