Liverpool aren’t signing Dayot Upamecano – and that means good things for Ozan Kabak. The Turkish international can rest a little easier.
There’s one major problem with Ozan Kabak’s Liverpool situation. That option to buy.
He’s not actually here permanently and the Reds could decide against paying to keep him. It might be five-months-and-done.
And that, in the end, is why Liverpool are consistently looking at other targets. Every reliable outlet has them considering one defender or another.
Up until recently, Dayot Upamecano was one of those. The Guardian had Liverpool down as wanting the Frenchman as recently as last week.
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As we’ve written before, that was bad news for Kabak. Upamecano is difficult to compete with as an elite 22-year-old defender.
We had him down as the best-value centre-half in the summer market.
But Kabak can rest easy on that one. Upamecano will join Bayern Munich at the end of the season as they paid his £38m release clause.
We don’t know where Liverpool go from here but they have other options. One of those is, undoubtedly, Kabak.
Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa is another Liverpool are looking at, per the Athletic.
And there will be others. Liverpool aren’t going to go all-in on Kabak after a couple of weeks and the 20-year-old must be at the top of his game to get a permanent transfer.
But Kabak has an easier go of things now that Upamecano is off the market. There just isn’t another player in that price range who is as good, let alone as young.
Instead, he now has to convince while compared to inferior targets. That, undoubtedly, makes things easier for Kabak.