The January transfer window is now a little more than six weeks away and Fabio Carvalho’s future looks set to be one of the eye-catching EFL sagas when it opens.
Carvalho has turned heads with his impressive form for Marco Silva’s side this term but is out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer and doesn’t look likely to sign a new deal.
Football League World understands that Liverpool are one of the clubs keen on the teenage playmaker ahead of the winter window and we’ve taken a deep dive into the potential move to examine whether it would be a good one…
Is it a good potential move?
It’s the sort of move that could turn out to be a masterstroke in a few years’ time.
Liverpool fans have been impressed by Harvey Elliott’s development since leaving Fulham to move to the North West a few years ago and in Carvalho, the Premier League club would be signing another attack-minded midfielder with a huge amount of talent.
There’s a fair bit of interest in the 19-year-old from some big clubs but with his contract set to expire in the summer, he’ll likely be available for a fraction of what the Anfield outfit would usually have to pay for him.
It’s hard to see the downside to this deal, to be honest.
Would he start?
Not straight away.
Elliott fought his way into contention in the early part of the 2021/22 campaign before being sidelined due to injury but there’s no guarantee that Carvalho is ready to play a part right now.
It’s important to remember that he’s still just 19 and only has 13 senior appearances to his name.
He may be a player Jurgen Klopp wants to keep around the first-team squad but you feel it’s unlikely he’ll be a starter for some time.
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What does he offer?
There’s an awful lot to like about the attacking midfielder.
He has proven himself a goal threat already this term, bagging three goals in seven games for Fulham, and he’s someone that can be a real nightmare for opposition defenders due to the dangerous positions he takes up and pockets of space he finds.
On top of that, he’s got quick feet, great control, and is an excellent ball carrier, while he’s shown himself more than capable of picking the right pass at the right time.
Before his injury earlier in the season, Carvalho had become a key part of Fulham’s side, which is a testament to his quality given the ridiculous amount of talent in the squad.
He’s not yet the finished product and Liverpool will have to be patient as he adapts to the Premier League but they’d be signing a really exciting attacker if they can get the deal done.