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Liverpool completes Ozan Kabak’s loan move from Schalke.

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20-year-old Kabak, who had been linked earlier in the season before Liverpool’s interest faded, was one of them, and he has now officially signed

Liverpool have completed the deadline day loan signing of Ozan Kabak from Schalke, after the Premier League champions moved to strengthen their defensive options at the final hour.

Injuries have ravaged the Reds’ back line this term with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the majority of the season, but until recently the line from the club had been not to expect any new additions, with Jurgen Klopp prepared to persevere with youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

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Things changed after injuries to Fabinho and Joel Matip forced captain Jordan Henderson to fill in at centre-back against West Ham, however, and a slate of reports on deadline day linked the Reds with various last-gasp deals.

20-year-old Kabak, who had been linked earlier in the season before Liverpool’s interest faded, was one of them, and he has now officially signed on the dotted line, where we’ll wear the number 19 shirt.

Ozan Kabak officailly signed form Schalke to Liverpool. (Noble Reporters Media, Olamide)

Speaking on his official Twitter page, Kabak said: “As of today, I am no longer part of the wonderful Schalke 04 family, a place I had the privilege to call ‘home’ for one and a half years.

“I would like to thank all my teammates and coaches with whom we have fought together during my here. I have no doubt that Schalke 04 will soon reach the level of success this club deserves. Lastly, all my best wishes and respect go to Schalke 04 fans, whose never-ending love and support have always been a huge motivating presence for me.

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“Thank you for everything.”

Kabak joins Ben Davies through the Anfield arrivals door after he completed a surprise deadline day switch from Preston North End. He had previously been expected to join Celtic on a pre-contract agreement in the summer, but Liverpool moved swiftly to bring him – likely because they’d found out that Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season through injury.

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Mustafi’s new destination after decision to leave Arsenal.

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Mustafi leaving would mark another exit this month for Arsenal.

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is closing in on a move to Schalke which would likely see Ozan Kabak depart to join Liverpool.

Mustafi has struggled for game time this season, dropping down the pecking order under manager Mikel Arteta, and has been given the perfect pathway to leave the Emirates thanks to Liverpool’s interest in 20-year-old Kabak.

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The Germany international, who hasn’t played for Arsenal since Boxing Day, is expected to make the move to the Bundesliga, ending a four and a half year stay in north London, though sources vary on any potential fee.

Mustafi facing Crystal Palace in 2019 | Warren Little/Getty Images

Football London say his contract will be terminated before the move is sealed, while ESPN’s James Olley claims Arsenal want a sum this window.

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Mustafi leaving would mark another exit this month for Arsenal.

Former outcasts Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have left permanently in recent weeks, while Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba were sent out on loan.

Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are among the youngsters who could still leave on loan before the deadline.

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Mustafi joined Arsenal in 2016 for a fee around the £35m mark but never convinced the club’s fanbase that he was a long term solution to their issues in central defence, mainly due to his penchant for making disastrous mistakes.

He made 31 league appearances in 2018/19 but his numbers have dwindled in the following two campaigns.

Regarding Liverpool, NoRM reported on Monday that the club had started negotiations over a loan deal for Turkish defender Kabak.

Mustafi joined Arsenal in 2016 | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Negotiations are now in a more advanced stage, as per the Athletic. Reporting differs on whether it will have an obligatory or optional buy clause, with the Athletic going for the former and the Times’ Paul Joyce citing the latter. The loan fee would be around the £2m.

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Liverpool have had Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip struck down by injury this season, leaving Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams to fill in at the back.

A deal for Preston centre back Ben Davies is also expected to be announced on deadline day after the Anfield club agreed a deal worth in the region of £2m for the 25-year-old.

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