Fabinho Granted Saudi Flight Clearance for Al Ittihad Medical as Departure from Liverpool Looms
Fabinho’s £40m Move Nears Completion as Liverpool and Al Ittihad Agree on Terms
Liverpool’s enigmatic midfielder, Fabinho, is on the brink of finalising his anticipated move to Saudi Arabian giants, Al Ittihad. It’s been reported by 90min, that a deal in the region of £40m is close to being ratified. To progress the deal, Liverpool have given the green light for Fabinho to travel to Saudi Arabia for his medical assessment.
In a move suggesting the transfer was imminent, Fabinho was notably absent from Jurgen Klopp’s line-up for their pre-season tour of Germany. The ongoing negotiations for the Brazilian’s summer transfer to the Middle East have intensified, leading to his exclusion.
No issue with selling Fabinho.
It's a great price for him.
5 years at the club. Magnificent for the most part.
The weight of carrying others wore him down.
The best and most important midfielder of Klopp's tenure to date.
Proof that great teams need a great DM.
— Dave Hendrick (@MrTwoFooted) July 15, 2023
Medical Clearance: The Final Step for Fabinho’s Move
Fabinho’s journey to Saudi Arabia for a medical examination follows recent reports that Liverpool had acknowledged a sizeable bid from the reigning champions of the Saudi Pro League, Al Ittihad.
The dependable midfielder has reportedly begun farewells in Merseyside as he prepares to embrace this new chapter. Once he passes the mandatory medical, he will join Al Ittihad, who’ve successfully secured the title last season against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr. With signings like Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante, Al Ittihad has further strengthened their squad in the current transfer window.
— AnfieldIndex (@AnfieldIndex) July 16, 2023
Jordan Henderson: Another Liverpool Midfielder on the Saudi Horizon?
Fabinho’s impending departure may not be the only one for Liverpool. The Merseyside club’s captain, Jordan Henderson, is also linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, with Al Ettifaq showing interest.
Steven Gerrard, the manager at Al Ettifaq, is pushing for this potential deal. However, Al Ettifaq’s hesitation to meet Liverpool’s £20m valuation currently poses a stumbling block. According to some, despite the reports of Henderson agreeing to a £700,000-a-week contract, the England international is yet to give his final consent, as he considers the proposal.
The next few weeks will be decisive in shaping Liverpool’s midfield for the upcoming season. With Fabinho’s transfer almost over the line, the spotlight is now shifting towards Henderson’s potential move.