Championship sensation being ‘wooed’ to take familiar path to Liverpool

Date published: Wednesday 10th November 2021 4:12 - Neil Foster

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Super-agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly trying to persuade teenager Fabio Carvalho to sign for Liverpool despite Fulham’s efforts to keep him at Craven Cottage.

Carvalho, 19, has been turning heads with his displays for the Cottagers this season. Having made his debut in September 2020, the Portuguese-born starlet enjoyed four Premier League appearances last term. He was part of the Fulham side relegated to the Championship.

But Marco Silva has put his faith in the youngster and been rewarded with some stellar performances. He has been handed five league starts among seven outings, scoring three goals for the promotion-chasing side.

Several clubs have taken note, with the likes of Leeds and West Ham linked to the youngster. But it is the Liverpool connection that seems strongest due to Mendes’s relationship with the club.

He was involved with Diogo Jota’s move from Wolves to Anfield last year. And the Daily Mail are suggesting that the 55-year-old is hoping to ‘woo’ the exciting midfielder into joining the Reds.

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It was recently reported that Liverpool had ‘won the race’ to sign the Lisbon-born ace. He will be out of contract at the end of the campaign and able to leave for nothing.

Fulham will want to see some return on their investment, who came up through the club’s youth system after moving to England. His representatives have been engaged in dialogue with Fulham’s money men for some time.

However, it was revealed last week that the Cottagers’ final offer has been rejected by Carvalho and his agent.

A source told TEAMtalk: “The club is desperate to keep hold of Fabio and they are hopeful. But they realise he knows of the interest in him and it won’t be easy.”

Carvalho being touted around

Liverpool are not the only club to have been offered the chance to sign Carvalho. Mendes has done business with most of Europe’s top clubs.

And the Portuguese has reportedly offered him to both Real Madrid and Barcelona. However he is now fixated on getting Carvalho to Merseyside to follow the path taken by Harvey Elliott.

The 18-year-old winger left the Cottage for Anfield in July 2019. Having spent last season on loan with Blackburn Rovers, the youngster has dipped his toe in the water under Jurgen Klopp.

He has enjoyed four top-flight outings in 2021-2022 despite the wealth of talent at the German’s disposal. It is always a risk for a young player to join one of the heavyweights as playing time might be limited.

But if Carvalho can follow Elliott’s lead then it could be a move worth making for both parties.

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