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Ozan Kabak faces uneasy future as £39m race reportedly heats up

Ozan Kabak may not have his Liverpool future in his own hands. Not if a recent transfer claim is correct.

Liverpool are invested in Dayot Upamecano, apparently. Not financially, of course, but they’re putting in the work to sign the Frenchman.

That’s according to Christian Falk of Bild. He says the Reds are one of three teams vying for Upamecano.

The others are Bayern Munich and Chelsea, with the trio hoping to secure a player at a wonderful cost.

We have him down as the best value defender on the market, after all, thanks to his £39m release clause.

That will tempt anyone and if Liverpool have a shot at Upamecano for that price, they’ll understandably go for it.

But what does that mean for the future of Ozan Kabak? Well, nothing good, in our opinion.

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Competition

Upamecano is difficult to compete with. He’s still only 22 but has built a very strong reputation in the Bundesliga.

In fact, Upamecano was the only non-Liverpool defender to make the ESM Team of the Year last season. He’s a fantastic player.

Kabak comes into the fight from a position of weakness, too. Not only does he lack that reputation and proven record but he’s not yet in the Liverpool team.

He somehow needs to prove that Upamecano isn’t worth pursuing. That involves getting into the team and thriving, all within four months.

Otherwise, if Liverpool win the race, there’s little chance of them paying to keep Kabak permanently. What’s the need – a fourth-choice centre-back?

Ben Davies could fill that role without paying anything. And that’s why Kabak’s future may not be in his hands.

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If Davies proves capable of playing for Liverpool, the fourth spot is his. He’s a permanent Red already, after all.

And if Upamecano chooses Liverpool, they’ll almost certainly pick him over Kabak. That would mean the end of the Turkey international at Anfield after just five months.

Now, perhaps Upamecano chooses Bayern and Kabak gets the full-time gig. But that seems like his best chance right now – his future isn’t in his hands.

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