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Report: Liverpool pass on £18m opportunity as Ozan Kabak clause expires

Liverpool won’t use their clause to sign Ozan Kabak, according to reports. The clause has expired – but that doesn’t mean a deal is off the table.

TuttoMercatoWeb claims the clause Liverpool had in their deal for Ozan Kabak has expired. That’s led to at least two Serie A clubs finding an interest in the defender.

Both AS Roma and Internazionale could now move for Kabak as he’s back on the market.

Kabak initially joined Liverpool on February 2nd with a loan deal. The Reds could have made it permanent for £18m at any time, however.

That always seemed unlikely after Liverpool signed Ibrahima Konate, though. He’s another young centre-back and his arrival took the squad’s senior centre-back total to five next. It was always difficult to see Liverpool signing Kabak as a sixth option.

But this doesn’t necessarily rule it out.

Could Liverpool still sign Kabak?

Fabrizio Romano claimed a little while back that Liverpool would let this clause pass. But he also said that they planned to negotiate with Schalke 04.

Perhaps that could be another loan or perhaps they saw a chance to lower the fee below £18m. Either way, it makes sense as there’s isn’t a burning need for a centre-back anymore.

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So why not take a chance? Schalke’s relegation effectively forces them to listen to any offers for Kabak, even if it’s Liverpool offering millions below the initial clause.

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We’ve got to imagine that Liverpool are Kabak’s first choice, after all. They’d likely be the biggest club in for him and they’re the one he knows.

But that is purely hypothetical. We don’t believe Liverpool will actually go back in for Kabak, whether the chance is there or not.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Konate and Nat Phillips are more than enough to get them through next season, save for another historic injury crisis.

Any millions they could spend on Kabak are better spent elsewhere.

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