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Fulham midfielder Fabio Carvalho will join Liverpool on July 1

last updated Monday 23rd May 2022, 5:06 PM

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Liverpool have confirmed Fulham’s attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho will join them on July 1.

Carvalho (19) is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Anfield club and will cost £5m plus add-ons.

Jürgen Klopp wanted to sign the Portugal Under-21 international in January but, despite agreeing personal terms and the player completing a medical, the deal did not get over the line on deadline day.

Liverpool’s interest never waned, however, and the transfer was agreed in principle last month.

The Champions League finalists will pay add-ons in the region of £2.7m and have accepted a 20% sell-on clause with Fulham.

He had featured for the Cottagers in the top flight on four occasions in the previous season, marking his first Premier League start with a goal away at Southampton in May 2021.

An exciting talent born in the Lisbon region of Portugal, Carvalho made his debut for Portugal Under-21s in March of this year having previously represented England at youth level.

Carvalho came through the academy ranks at Fulham and went on to make 44 senior appearances in total for the London club.

He will join Liverpool for the start of pre-season training and a tour of the far east.

Fulham FC statement - Geoff Pruce

The Club can confirm that Fabio Carvalho will join Liverpool on July 1st, following the expiry of his Fulham contract.

Carvalho joined Fulham in 2014, progressing through the age groups to make his debut for our Under-18s at just 15-years-old, promptly scoring a hat-trick on his first start.

Having impressed following his promotion to the Under-23s, he was handed a First Team debut in a Carabao Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday in September 2020.

A Premier League debut followed later that season away to Chelsea, and he capped his first top-flight start with a goal against Southampton two weeks later.

Following Marco Silva’s appointment as Head Coach, Carvalho became an integral part of how the team operated, featuring in the highly influential no.10 role.

He played 38 times last season as Fulham secured a first league title in 21 years, in which he scored 11 goals and laid on a further eight assists for his teammates.

Two of Carvalho’s goals came in what will go down as famous Craven Cottage nights, when we secured promotion against Preston North End, and the title clincher versus Luton Town.

His form saw him nominated for EFL Young Player of the Season, though he lost out eventually to Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson.

Addressing the Fulham supporters, Carvalho said: “I just want to say thank you for everything they’ve done for me, on and off the pitch.

“On the pitch, they’ve been singing my name and cheering me on, and off the pitch they’re always greeting me. Even my family have fans going up to them, saying hello, which makes me happy.

“There’s obviously been ups and downs this season, but I’ve had some great messages from great fans.

“I just want to say a big thank you to all the Fulham fans, as without them I wouldn’t be in the position I am today, so thank you so much.”

Tony Khan added: “Fabio is a great talent and we did everything we could trying to secure him here on a longer deal so he could play in the Premier League with Fulham.

“That didn’t prove possible, but we were able to keep him for the remainder of the Championship winning campaign and for that I know he will always be very fondly remembered by our fans.

“We achieved the best we could for the Club and I wish Fabio future success and thank him for his contribution through this fantastic season. Come on Fulham!”

A key player for us in what was a historic season for the Club, and a polite and friendly young man to have around the Training Ground, everyone at Fulham would like to wish Fabio the very best of luck throughout what will no doubt be a highly prosperous career.

Source Andy Hunter at Irish Examiner
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