Liverpool are reportedly looking to wrap up a deal to sign Ozan Kabak from Schalke before the January transfer window officially opens.
According to RMC Sport, as relayed by journalist Chris Williams, Liverpool are preparing an offer for the defender and want it finalised before January, which is just over two months away.
.@RMCsport reporting this evening (during their #LIVSHU match commentary) that Liverpool are set to make Schalke an offer for Ozan Kabak, and want the deal tied up before the Jan window opens. AC Milan also interested, Schalke would want somewhere between €30m and €40m.
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) October 24, 2020
The report claims that AC Milan are also keen on the Turkish international, whilst Schalke are wanting a fee of up to €40m to prize him away from Germany.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Liverpool wanting to seal a deal for Kabak before the window officially opens suggests that they feel there will be stiff competition for him in January. This is because Liverpool acting quickly can mean that other sides do not have the chance to steal in and convince Kabak to opt against joining the Reds and move elsewhere. It could be a very smart play by Michael Edwards and be key in their hopes of landing the 20-year-old to bolster their defensive options ahead of the second half of the campaign.
Would Kabak be a good addition to Liverpool’s squad, though? Comparing his 2019/20 stats in the Bundesliga to Joe Gomez’s in the Premier League, he looks like he could be an upgrade on the Englishman. Kabak had an aerial duel success rate of 67% to Gomez’s 58% and a ground duel success rate of 68% compared to Gomez’s 52%. The Schalke man also made more clearances, interceptions and blocks per 90 than Gomez, suggesting that he could be a better defender for Liverpool.
He is also on 20 and has plenty of time to develop and improve as a player. Klopp could bring him in to shadow the likes of Gomez and Matip at first before blooding him in after he has time to adapt to English football and learn how to play the way Klopp wants his teams to play.