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Ozan Kabak is reportedly going through his Liverpool contract in Schalke’s offices, ahead of his proposed loan move to Anfield. The Turkish international is set to complete a last-gasp switch to the Premier League champions on deadline day after passing his medical.
Liverpool have held an interest in Kabak for several months but have now finally made their move in light of their centre-back crisis.
Preston’s Ben Davies will also be joining Liverpool on a permanent deal for around £2million.
The Reds entered talks with Schalke for Kabak this morning and booked a medical in Gelsenkirchen to avoid any potential delays should negotiations be successful.
According to Sky Germany, there were no problems with the medical and Kabak is now on the verge on joining Liverpool, as Schalke close in on the signing of Shkodran Mustafi.
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Reporter Max Bielefeld told Sky Sports News: “We have good news for Liverpool fans from Germany, hello from Munich on a busy deadline day for us too.
“It’s edging closer the Kabak deal to Liverpool. We understand he passed his medical in Gelsenkirchen today.
“He’s currently in the offices of Schalke to go through the details of the contract with Liverpool.
“There was one condition, that Schalke needed a replacement and we just got the information that Shkodran Mustafi terminated his contract with Arsenal.
“He already agreed personal terms with Schalke, so normally, they should get the replacement of Ozan Kabak in before the 5pm deadline here in Germany.
“That means the lights are going to get green for Kabak to go to Liverpool and to close the deal.
“We understand it will be a loan plus option to buy, not an obligation as reported elsewhere.”
Elite sportsman are exempt from the UK’s 14-day quarantine restrictions however, with time running out, Liverpool are completing the framework of the transfer with Kabak in Germany.
The 20-year-old has made a huge impression in the Bundesliga since joining Stuttgart from Galatasaray in 2019 and is already a regular at international level.
He was soon snapped up by Schalke later that summer, where he played under Klopp’s close friend and former Borussia Dortmund reserve team coach David Wagner.
Klopp received glowing reviews from the former Huddersfield boss and now looks set to complete the capture of Kabak for the remainder of the season on an initial loan.
Liverpool will then have the option to complete a permanent deal this summer, when they will reassess their options.
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