Liverpool are desperate to sign 21-year-old Bundesliga defender

The Merseyside giants are in negotiations to secure the permanent transfer of Ozan Kabak from Schalke in a deal worth only £9m. Turkey international arrived at Anfield on a loan deal till the end of the campaign. As part of the deal, Liverpool have the option of making his transfer permanent for a fee of around £18m.

However, with Schalke mired in financial troubles, Reds are hoping to make the most of it by agreeing on a cut-price deal for Ozan. Kabak, since arriving at Liverpool earlier this year, has featured seven times across all tournaments, helping the Reds to four clean sheets.

While there have been a few mistakes, the 21-year-old centre-back has largely been a solid presence at the back in his handful of games. Reds, heading into the summer transfer window, are in need of defensive reinforcements.

Liverpool’s lack of depth in the centre-back department has brutally exposed this term as Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk succumbed to season-ending injuries while Joel Matip was continued to haunt with his injury issues.

As a result, the Reds were forced to dip their toe into the market during the winter transfer window, with Liverpool signing two new centre-backs, Kabak on loan and Ben Davies on a permanent transfer from Preston North End. The latter, however, had had fitness issues of his own and is yet to make his debut for Liverpool.

So, it goes without saying that the Reds need to add another defender to their defensive contingent before the next campaign kicks off. To that end, Liverpool are said to be closing in on the capture of RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, with the Frenchman already reported to have completed parts of his medical.