Liverpool closer to Ozan Kabak transfer as key part of deal nears completion

Liverpool are edging closer to signing Ozan Kabak, as a key component in making the transfer happen is very nearly complete.

The Schalke defender has emerged as a top target for the Reds this January, with Liverpool ready to bring him in on an initial loan deal worth £2.5million.

Liverpool will then be obliged to pay a full £30million to sign the centre-back permanently at the end of the season.

Schalke are unhappy about selling the defender without sourcing a replacement first, and have been linked with Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi.

According to reports, the German is ready to terminate his contract with Arsenal and sign on the dotted line with the Bundesliga club.

But Mirror Sport understands the Gunners are unwilling to merely let Mustafi depart on a free transfer, despite his contract situation, and negotiations continue.

Once this transfer is complete, Liverpool will get the green light to sign Kabak.

There is time pressure on the deal, as the German transfer window slams shut at 5pm – six hours earlier than the UK window.

Centre-back Kabak was spotted earlier on deadline day arriving at Schalke to meet with medical staff, according to Sky Sports reporters.

It has been suggested the defender was completing a medical in case he gets the go ahead to sign for Liverpool, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was coy on his club's stance this deadline day, but confirmed players could be leaving Arsenal.

"The last day of the window is always unpredictable, things can happen," admitted Arteta. "It might happen, it might not happen. We are on it."

Mustafi is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer but has been frozen out under Arteta, having not featured since December in any competition.

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