Liverpool’s Michael Edwards had quite a busy transfer deadline day on Monday. Let’s take a look at The Reds’ deals on the day.
During Sunday’s 3-1 win at West Ham, the story broke that Liverpool were closing in on a deal for Preston North End’s Ben Davies. The 25-year-old left-sided centre-half was a target for Celtic and it’s rumoured that the Scottish club was hoping to bring Davies north of the border.
The Davies deal sees Liverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg move in the opposite direction on loan – a valuable opportunity for the young Dutch defender to gain some much-needed first-team experience.
#LFC agree a fee of £2m with Preston for Ben Davies. Van den Berg going the other way on loan.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 31, 2021
Davies completed his medical in Merseyside on Monday.
That wasn’t all, though. Transfer Deadline Day has often been a rather uneventful affair for Liverpool fans in recent years but Michael Edwards and co were very active this time around.
There was a rumoured deal for Marseille’s Croatian centre-back Duje Caleta-Car but the French club decided not to let the 24-year-old go just yet.
I don’t do much transfer stuff, so this is in keeping with my track record, but Duje Caleta-Car to Liverpool ain’t happening this window. I understand the interest was real but Marseille don’t want to sell him just yet.
— Matt Slater (@mjshrimper) February 1, 2021
After that, news filtered through that Liverpool had made contact with Bundesliga side Schalke over the possibility of a deal to bring Ozan Kabak to Anfield.
Liverpool pushed that signing through, bringing Kabak to the Premier League on an initial loan deal with an option to buy in the summer.
Liverpool will have an £18m option to make Ozan Kabak’s loan deal permanent when transfer finalised. They will pay Schalke an initial £1m loan fee. @TimesSport
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) February 1, 2021
Liverpool also went to Portugal and made an offer to Sporting Braga for 21-year-old David Carmo but their bid was rejected by the Primeira Liga club.
Liverpool had an offer rejected by Braga for 21-year-old central defender David Carmo. The bid was below the €30m release clause – Braga will only sell the player today if they receive an offer that activates said clause. [Téléfoot Chaine via @GFFN]
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) February 1, 2021
- Liverpool signed Ben Davies from Preston North End with Sepp van den Berg going the other way on loan
- Ozan Kabak also moves to Anfield – initial loan deal with an option to buy from Schalke in the summer
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