With Fabio Carvalho facing an increasingly uncertain future at Liverpool, a new update has revealed a formula that could be the key to him securing his desired exit.
Liverpool signed Carvalho from Fulham last summer, equipping themselves with a promising talent. Initially, there were some positive signs from the attacking midfielder. However, his gametime quickly deteriorated.
By the end of his debut season at Liverpool, Carvalho had played just 13 times in the Premier League – and only four of those appearances were starts.
In contrast, in his last season with Fulham, he had started 33 Championship matches out of 36 appearances in the second tier. Consequently, he has not progressed as expected with Liverpool.
Therefore, Carvalho is now considering his future. At Jurgen Klopp’s final press conference of the season, the Liverpool manager admitted that the 2022 signing could leave this summer.
In turn, there has been speculation about a loan move for Carvalho, who remains under contract at Anfield until 2027. But there have been conflicting claims that the 20-year-old would prefer a permanent exit.
In the meantime, clubs like West Ham, Brentford and Burnley have been linked with Carvalho, while an unnamed Champions League club have made an offer.
Wherever Carvalho goes next, the stumbling block could be the formula of the deal. As stated, Liverpool only want to loan him out, whereas the player himself wants to be sold.
Third solution unlocks Carvalho exit from Liverpool
Now, Football Insider has revealed that Liverpool are considering the compromise of a third solution: to sell him but include a buyback clause.
That way, Carvalho could get his wish of reigniting his career with more stability at another club. Yet if he starts fulfilling his potential again and Liverpool feel like he could be more impactful in the long run, then they could have the right of first refusal over his subsequent move.
Of course, whoever buys Carvalho next would have to agree from their perspective that Liverpool could have such a buyback clause. Whether another Premier League club would entertain the idea remains to be seen.
There is a decent chance that Carvalho will still be in English football next season, though. Liverpool have been open all along to loaning him out elsewhere in the Premier League.
West Ham might even be able to offer him European football if they win the Conference League final to qualify for the Europa League next season.
Brentford have also shown their potential as a club this season by finishing in the top half of the Premier League. Burnley, for their part, stormed to the Championship title to earn an immediate return to the top flight.