'We have made a deal' - Confusion reigns over Fabio Carvalho's future at Fulham amid links to Liverpool
Fabio Carvalho has been heavily linked to Liverpool, yet the youngster is keen to keep his future plans under wraps, saying that nothing has been decided. Unfortunately for him, Fulham's co-owner may have let it slip that the player has already been sold. Tony Khan said: "We have made a deal that is best for the club and, since that agreement, it’s worked out wonderfully."
Fábio Carvalho of Fulham looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Nottingham Forest at Craven Cottage.
Fulham co-owner Tony Khan has confirmed Fabio Carvalho's transfer away from Fulham, despite the 19-year-old saying his future is undecided.
It has been reported that Carvalho has wanted to move to Liverpool since the turn of the year, and with his contract up this summer, many have spoken about where his future lies. However, the Portuguese youngster has refused to give any hints on where he’ll be next season.
When asked if he would miss his Fulham team-mates next season, he said: "I'm not going to say I'm going to miss them because we don't know what's going to happen.
Jurgen Klopp, who is often quite reserved when speaking to the media about transfer rumours, essentially confirmed that the Reds were in for the player, saying back in February: "We are still interested - it would be crazy if we were not.
"It was late, the window closed, it did not work out. We'll see what happens."
Carvalho has been key in helping the London club secure promotion to the Premier League this season, scoring 10 goals and registering eight assists in the Championship. This is his first season of senior first-team football.
At Fulham, he’s often played as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1, though it’s unlikely he’ll have the same duties at Liverpool, as Klopp often does not deviate from his tried and trusted 4-3-3.
Should Carvalho end up at Liverpool, he’ll likely start as a rotation option as he learns the system. Though, he’ll be called upon to perform quickly, as Liverpool’s midfield options include Thiago, Jordan Henderson, and James Milner, whose ages mean that their minutes will need to be regulated, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is likely to leave in the summer.