Should Liverpool Sign Fulham’s 19-year-old Star?

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Recent reports indicate that Liverpool is facing competition from West Ham and Leeds United over the possibility of signing Fábio Carvalho, the Portuguese superstar currently playing in the Championship. The 19-year-old represents the Three Lions at the youth international level. Carvalho joined Fulham’s academy in 2014 and has since then rapidly progressed within the club to reach the main team.

At the time of writing, Carvalho tallies eight goals and two assists in 17 appearances in the Championship and is one of the key players in Marco Silva’s Fulham who are strong contenders to join the Premier League next season. In fact, Fulham is the current favourite to win the second most important league in English football at odds of 1/5 for those that bet on football with Paddy Power. Impressively, Carvalho will be an integral reason for these high expectations from fans and sportsbooks alike.

Liverpool’s Interest

With a promising career ahead of him, Carvalho has sparked doubts concerning his immediate future as he rejected Fulham’s attempts of striking a new deal late last year. With just six months until his contract expires, it has been highly reported that many top clubs are already making approaches to the player. For now, many media outlets have reported that Jurgen Klopp is considering signing Carvalho for £5m in what would be a long-term investment. While Liverpool academy has produced many quality players that could one day reach the main squad, Carvalho would arrive at the club with more experience and having already played in the Premier League.

Fábio scored his first goal in the Premier League in May 2021 in his first game as a starter. Looking at his recent performances, it is easy to see the appeal of signing such a promising player whose market value is expected to rapidly increase in the next few years.

While Fulham is keen to keep the player, a big-money transfer would almost certainly be impossible to refuse, especially since Fulham wouldn’t want to risk losing Carvalho without any type of compensation. For now, it is reported that three Premier League teams have shown interest in the English midfielder, but they’re not the only ones. Back in November 2021, there had already been reports that both Real Madrid and Barcelona were keeping a close eye on the player’s progress.

In the current winter transfer window, Liverpool has also been associated with several other high-profile players, such as Lille’s Renato Sancho, who is said to be looking for a new club, and FC Porto’s Luis Díaz, whose signing could reach £60m. More recently, it has been confirmed that Liverpool is battling Manchester City and Bayern Munich for PSV Eindhoven’s young talent Cody Gakpo. However, this is considered to be a particularly difficult signing as the 22-year-old winger is set to sign a new long-term deal with the Dutch team.

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