Liverpool face a deadline to activate a transfer clause for Ozan Kabak, according to reports. The Reds have to make up their mind.
This comes from David Ornstein on the Athletic’s ‘Ornstein and Chapman Podcast’. He claims Liverpool have limited time to activate the clause for Ozan Kabak.
Kabak joined Liverpool on loan from Schalke 04 on February 1st. They have an option to make that deal permanent, however, by paying £18m.
That’s a set price but there’s no obligation to pay it. If they choose not to, Kabak simply goes back to Schalke.
But Liverpool only have a limited amount of time to make their decision. They can’t simply wait until the end of the season.
“A centre-half would always have been on the agenda [for Liverpool], maybe two,” said Ornstein. “And that’s where the Kabak situation comes into question.
“Do Liverpool pay the option, which is £18m plus add-ons? I think they need to let Schalke know around mid-May, I don’t know the exact date.
“Some people I speak to suggest that he will be sent back and Liverpool will try to negotiate a lower fee than the option they agreed.
“Some people say that won’t work because another team will come in and pay a higher fee for a Kabak, who has impressed to an extent at Liverpool.”
What RTK has to say
Mid-May could be before the season is done – the final game is on May 23rd. That’ll depend on what Ornstein counts as the middle, really.
Regardless, Liverpool have six or seven weeks to make up their minds. That’s not a lot of time.
And in truth, they may have already decided not to. The Athletic claims the Reds are close to signing Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
The same source then states that Liverpool will likely only sign one player. That doesn’t sound good for Kabak’s chances.
Working in his favour is that Ornstein suggests they’re at least open to signing two. We’re not sure that’ll happen but if Kabak impresses over the next few weeks, perhaps he sways their opinion his way.
But he’s running out of time. It’ll have to be a very impressive month-and-a-half.