One blow for the side in spite of all these achievements is that it looks like Fabio Carvalho could be off to pastures new in the summer transfer window – and the club’s owner Tony Khan has now admitted to The Athletic that he ‘would have loved’ to have kept him at Craven Cottage.
Carvalho has been instrumental in getting Fulham back into the Premier League this season, with his 35 league outings producing 11 goals and seven assists. That’s despite still being a teenager – and shows the level of his talent and potential.
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He managed only four games previously for the Cottagers when they were last in the top flight but has been heavily relied upon back in the Championship and has really caught the eye with his level of performance.
One such side to pay attention to him is Liverpool, with some reports suggesting a deal has been put in place already that would see him move to Anfield this summer. The fee itself could be a huge seven-figure fee for the youngster – and now owner Khan has seemingly confirmed to The Athletic that he will be heading elsewhere this offseason.
They won’t want to lose him – but with the fees potentially being thrown around, they may have no choice but to let him leave and head off to a new challenge with the Reds soon.
Speaking about the player, Khan said: “I really like Fabio.
“He’s a player we have always rated, coming out of the academy, and we would have loved to have kept him. But we have made a deal that is best for the club and, since that agreement, it’s worked out wonderfully because he has been such a valuable part of the promotion.”
Fabio Carvalho looks like he wouldn’t be out of place in the Liverpool squad already, especially based on the performances he has put in so far with Fulham in the Championship.
There’s a question of course as to whether he could make the jump up to top flight football having never really played there before but he would be in good hands with the Reds. Jurgen Klopp, like Pep Guardiola, has done well in the past in bringing through some of the young talents in his teams.
Carvalho might not get as much action at Anfield as he would with Fulham if he stays there but it does seem the next logical step for the player to head to a much bigger team.
If it doesn’t happen this summer, then it is bound to happen at some point soon – and it does appear as though the club are already preparing for life without the forward.