Loris Karius is close to leaving Liverpool after the club agreed a two-year loan deal with Besiktas for their out-of-favour goalkeeper.
The 25-year-old has been considering his Anfield future since the £65m arrival of Alisson last month, a then world-record deal for a goalkeeper that took Karius by surprise and ended his role as Jürgen Klopp’s first choice.
Talks have advanced in recent days between Liverpool and Besiktas, who will pay a £2.25m loan fee, had inquired about Simon Mignolet before switching their attentions to the Belgium international’s clubmate. Mignolet has had several offers to leave this summer but, having failed to agree terms with Napoli and Fulham, he will have to stay as Alisson’s deputy if Karius decides to relaunch his career in Istanbul.
Karius is with the Liverpool squad for the Premier League game at Crystal Palace on Monday and his transfer should go through after the match. The former Mainz keeper is still considering Besiktas’s offer, however, but will be allowed to go on a two-season loan with an option to buy after the first year.
The deal would become a permanent £7.25m transfer should Besiktas qualify for Europe and Karius play a sufficient number of matches. Liverpool would also receive 20% of any future fee from the Turkish club, who made only a loan offer for Mignolet and not the permanent terms that his employers wanted. Karius is expected to sign a one-year extension to his Liverpool contract before finalising the loan so as to protect his valuation should he return to Anfield.
Klopp had targeted a deal for Alisson long before Karius’s calamitous performance in the Champions League final in May undermined his Liverpool future. Karius sustained concussion in the 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid but poor pre‑season displays added to the goalkeeper’s problems and increased the likelihood of him needing a fresh start outside the Premier League.