Liverpool are close to finalizing a £1.5million loan deal for Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool are set to complete a £1.5m loan deal for Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak with an option to buy £18m at the end of the season… with a 20-year-old having medical treatment in Germany before traveling to Anfield

  • Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak
  • Liverpool saw a possible move for Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car fall apart
  • Talks are now closed for Kabak, with cash-strapped Schalke ready to strike a deal
  • Schalke are working to have Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi replace him











Liverpool are close to agreeing a deadline-day loan deal for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak which will include an option to buy this summer.

Kabak saw a move to Newcastle fall apart over the weekend, but Liverpool are now set to take a £1.5m loan move with a view to making the deal permanent for around £18m this summer.

He is due to undergo a medical in Germany and if all goes well he will fly to Merseyside on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp is still on the lookout for defensive reinforcements for the Reds

Liverpool reignited interest in Schalke defender Ozan Kabak (left) on transfer deadline day

Liverpool had been interested in Duje Caleta-Car (left) but that deal has since fallen apart

Liverpool had been interested in Duje Caleta-Car (left) but that deal has since fallen apart

Kabak has a £35million release clause, but due to financial pressures and the threat of relegation for Schalke, Liverpool appear to have bargained for significantly less.

Talks are underway with cash-strapped Schalke ready to strike a deal now. Kabak wants a contract worth around £80,000 a week and the deadline in Germany is the same as in the UK, at 5pm.

Jurgen Klopp has long admired 20-year-old Turkey international Kabak despite being prone to some weird mistakes. He is combative and well suited to the Premier League.

The defender is an intelligent player who has an academic background. He can speak English and German as well as his native Turkish.

He is very good in the air, a tough tackler and considered a competent passer. He also has strong leadership qualities despite his young age having played for teams that fought against relegation at Stuttgart and Schalke.

Schalke, in search of a replacement, have an agreement and contract tentatively in place with Shkodran Mustafi negotiating his departure from Arsenal.

Schalke have other options if Mustafi is not agreed despite the German transfer deadline being 5pm and time running out for the Bundesliga strugglers to bring in a defender.

Kabak is a combative defender and is considered well suited to the Premier League

Kabak is a combative defender and is considered well suited to the Premier League

In recent seasons, Kabak has been on the radar of Leicester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus.

The move for Kabak has accelerated with the news that former target Duje Caleta-Car is staying at Marseille as time was against them to find a replacement.

The French club’s sporting director Pablo Longoria sifted through a number of alternatives suggested to him over the weekend, but Marseille are keen for a European player to replace Caleta-Car and could not in reality sign that one on loan.

France’s transfer deadline is 5pm today and logistically they believe that will be too big of a hurdle for the Croatia international’s dream move to be completed.

Caleta-Car, 24, would be devastated to see the transfer fall at the final hurdle.

Caleta-Car would be devastated that Marseille's move couldn't cross the line

Caleta-Car would be devastated that Marseille’s move couldn’t cross the line

He had agreed to join Liverpool and was due to fly to Manchester to finalize the terms before Marseille halted negotiations.

They originally thought another defender could be found, but clubs have been reluctant to allow players out within Marseille’s budget.

Liverpool have Ben Davies arriving for his medical this morning ahead of his proposed £1.6million transfer from Preston North End with Sepp van den Berg on loan in the opposite direction.

Preston have the option to make the Dutchman’s deal permanent if he plays a set number of games.

Ben Davies to undergo medical at Liverpool ahead of his proposed £1.6million move

Ben Davies to undergo medical at Liverpool ahead of his proposed £1.6million move

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