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Liverpool reach breakthrough in £5m bid for Fulham star as Michael Edwards ploy secures move

Fabio Carvalho Fulham v Stoke

Liverpool are reportedly closing on the deadline day signing of Fabio Carvalho amid claims Michael Edwards has convinced Fulham into accepting a deal.

The Reds secured the highl-impressive acquisition of Colombian winger Luis Diaz on Sunday with plenty of time to spare before Monday’s transfer deadline. However, their business for the January window appears to be unfinished with talks for Carvalho ongoing.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is in the final six months of his contract at Craven Cottage. And talks over an improved deal are yet to result in an extension.

Indeed, with seven goals and four assists for Fulham this season, it’s easy to see why Carvalho is a man in demand.

He’s been tracked by both Leeds and Liverpool in recent months.

However, trusted transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano claims it is Liverpool who are closing on his signature.

He states that talks over the transfer are now ‘in its final stages’ with a £5m proposal being accepted by Fulham.

Another Michael Edwards masterstroke

Furthermore, key to getting the deal over the line was Liverpool allowing Carvalho to see out the season at Craven Cottage. As such, Liverpool’s capture of the England youth winger will see him loaned back to Fulham for the remainder of the season.

The deal is yet another transfer masterstroke by departing sporting director Michael Edwards.

And while he very much wanted to keep him, that’s a proposal reluctantly accepted by Fulham boss Marco Silva.

Speaking on Friday, he outlined his confidence of keeping Carvalho until the end of the season.

Marco Silva comments on Fabio Carvalho

“Fabio Carvalho will be with us until the end of the season,” Silva said. “I would like to see him here for more years.

“From day one I have been trying to keep him. It is not a surprise that clubs are interested in Fabio. We are talking about a young player with big talent.

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Liverpool beat Spurs to signing Luis Diaz from Porto

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“The situation is not easy because he is in the last year of his contract, but that is the reality. It is out of our plans for him to leave the club in this window.

“However, it’s been difficult for us to renew with him, but we are trying.

“It is always difficult with a player of this talent – even with a contract it is difficult to keep him, and without it is even worse. But Fabio will be with us until the end of this season.”

The Liverpool Echo claim the £5million bid was made on Sunday night as they look to beat off competition from several clubs in England and abroad.

Klopp excited by Luis Diaz potential

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has been speaking about his excitement at capturing Luis Diaz.

Diaz has signed a long-term deal with Liverpool after completing a medical. The new number 23 will join up with his new teammates after his international duties with Colombia.

He will add a new element to an attack that already comprises Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, along with a couple of backup options.

“I could not be happier that we’ve been able to get this deal done and bring Luis to Liverpool,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“I have always been a believer in only signing players in January if you would want to sign them in the summer. And that’s very much the case with Luis.

“He is an outstanding player and someone we’ve been tracking for a very long time.

“We believe he has everything needed to fit into our way and adapt to the Premier League, both physically and mentally. He is a player who is hungry for success and knows you have to fight to get what you want.

“He is a fighter, no doubt. He’s a skilful team player who has always the goal in mind.

“Luis is a player we believe will make us better now and in the future. He is the player we really wanted and they’ve made it happen, so I am very happy.”

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