Jurgen Klopp has got his way regarding a Liverpool transfer with RB Leipzig, and the player in question has passed a medical, per a trusted source.
The future of Fabio Carvalho was a topic that was always likely to come to the fore this summer. Indeed, Liverpool were delighted when snapping up the 20-year-old from Fulham at the second time of asking last summer.
However, Carvalho struggled to find a natural place within Klopp’s team during his first season at Anfield.
Indeed, Carvalho – who was at his best at Fulham in the No 10 role – racked up just 640 minutes of action last term. That should perhaps not have come as too much of a surprise given Klopp does not operate with a No 10 in his 4-3-3 formation.
Bundesliga side RB Leipzig spied an opportunity to lure the talented youngster to Germany. Leipzig lodged a £10m bid earlier in the window which was rejected by Liverpool.
The Reds are not ready to give up on Carvalho just yet and per various sources, had no intention of selling a player they pushed so hard to sign after just one year.
That led to Leipzig considering the loan route and a deal involving an option or obligation to buy would’ve been the perfect compromise for the Germans.
That would put the power to decide Carvalho’s future in Leipzig’s hands, and according to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool put their foot down.
Indeed, an agreement between Leipzig and Liverpool has been struck, but Carvalho will move to Germany via a straight loan. An option or obligation to buy will not be included.
Romano revealed a medical was scheduled to take place today (Thursday) and subsequently suggested the tests had been passed.
As such, Carvalho will now join Leipzig in a deal that has an excellent upside for Liverpool.
Indeed, Liverpool can kick having to make a concrete decision on whether to stick or twist on Carvalho down the road.
What’s more, Carvalho is a lock to play more frequently at Leipzig than he otherwise would at Anfield next season.
In the event he develops and Liverpool do decide to cash in next summer, Carvalho’s value will have increased by way of impressing at a Champions League side.
On the flip side, the extra minutes on the pitch he’ll get with Leipzig could see Carvalho return to Anfield a much-improved player when the loan concludes.