Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards looks to have pulled off another transfer masterstroke after the club reached a deal for Ozan Kabak.
The Schalke centre-back is poised to complete a switch to Anfield after undergoing a medical following the Reds’ late approach to tie up the move on deadline day.
Jurgen Klopp explained just a few days ago how clubs were demanding “crazy money” for their stars as they played hardball over letting their defenders go mid-season.
It was Klopp’s insistence that any new addition had to be “the right player” which eventually led them back to Kabak.
Edwards had already wrapped up a £1.6million deal to bring Preston’s Ben Davies to the club, and has performed another shrewd piece of business to land Schalke’s promising defender.
On top of that there is a further £500k fee due dependant on the number of appearances the 20-year-old makes over the remainder of the campaign.
Given Joel Matip and Fabinho are currently sidelined, along with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, it is possible Kabak could even be in the squad for Liverpool’s clash with Brighton on Wednesday.
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They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
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But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Klopp tends to afford new signings time to get up to speed with Liverpool’s style of play and their new teammates, but in this instance his hand may be forced to throw Kabak in at the deep end.
It’s a big opportunity for the youngster, and one that could see him earn a permanent move if he grabs his chance with both hands.
As part of the agreement, Liverpool have also accepted terms on an option to buy clause, with a fee of £18m due in the summer if they want to keep Kabak on Merseyside.
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That too also has add-on incentives which could see the total cost of the deal rise further.
Liverpool have been chasing Kabak for some time though whether he is a long-term solution will no doubt be determined by how well he does over the next six months.
RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is still on Klopp’s list of potential targets, with his £38m release clause due to become active in June, the same time Liverpool would have to make a decision on Kabak.