Liverpool signed Ozan Kabak right at the transfer deadline. Reports suggest that was far from the plan, however.
Just how much did Liverpool want Ozan Kabak at the end of the transfer window? We can’t be sure but it appears he was far from their priority.
They eventually paid Schalke 04 £1m for a loan deal, with a possible £500k through add-ons. Then they have the option to sign him permanently in the summer.
Reports suggest that option was key, though – Kabak was never a priority signing and Liverpool aren’t entirely sold.
The clues were there immediately. The Mirror reported ahead of deadline day that Liverpool had ‘firm interest’ in Ibrahima Konate and asked RB Leipzig about him.
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The Independent say the Reds still want him, too.
Now we’ve got BILD claiming that Liverpool are in the race for Dayot Upamecano. If that’s true, where does Kabak fit in? There’s little room for both him and Upamecano or Konate.
A new Independent report claims that Liverpool wanted to sign Duje Caleta-Car on deadline day, too. The only reason that didn’t happen was the timing.
So it sounds as though Liverpool wanted to sign a defender permanently on deadline day but couldn’t. Instead, they loaned Kabak with an option.
On top of that, they’re looking at other elite defenders for the summer. If they sign Upamecano, there’s little chance of them activating Kabak’s clause.
We think it means Kabak’s future isn’t entirely in his own hands, when push comes to shove.
But he is now the one with the opportunity. If he can thrive over the next few months, Kabak has the chance to make the position his – no matter what Liverpool previously thought.