Liverpool need not fear their transfer plans being hijacked after a top tier source claimed they’ll “resurrect” a deal for Fulham ace Fabio Carvalho this summer.
Liverpool came within a whisker of signing the Portuguese-born attacker in January. With mere hours to spare, the Reds agreed a transfer fee with Fulham to bring the 19-year-old to Anfield. A medical was also completed, but time ran out before the final touches could be applied to the move.
The plan was always to loan Carvalho back to Craven Cottage for the remainder of the season. However, the deal collapsing meant his final months in London would be played out as a Fulham player, not loanee. Carvalho’s contract with Fulham expires at season’s end.
Jurgen Klopp later suggested it made no sense why Liverpool wouldn’t reignite the move in the summer. If both clubs were happy with the pre-agreed transfer fee, a tribunal would not be required.
However, with Carvalho remaining on Fulham’s books until the summer, the prospect of the deal being hijacked arose.
Indeed, Chelsea were heavily linked prior to their off-field turmoil. Man Utd too were mentioned, as well as Real Madrid.
Carvalho’s eight goals and six assists this season are clear evidence as to why the youngster is attracting such interest.
Those figures are made all the more impressive given he plays primarily in attacking midfield. Furthermore, he also missed a stretch of nine matches earlier this season through a toe injury and Covid absence.
Fabio Carvalho deal will be “resurrected”
However, speaking to the KENN7 YouTube Channel, the Times’ Paul Joyce explained why Carvalho should wind up at Anfield next season.
The Northern football correspondent claimed that particular deal will “come back on the agenda” given the “lengths Liverpool went to” in January. Clearly, dropping their interest at the first sign of trouble is not something the Reds are likely to do.
“I think that comes back on the agenda in the summer,” said Joyce. “I could see that one getting done.
“The lengths Liverpool went to to try and get it over the line and the loan back meant they ran out of time.
“But I can see that getting resurrected in the summer and no reason why that one won’t go through.”
If signed, Carvalho could take Divock Origi’s spot in the first-team. The Belgian is closing in on a free agent move to AC Milan with two aspects of a deal reportedly agreed.