Liverpool are said to have moved into pole position to sign Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho, as per a recent report by TEAMtalk.
The young attacking midfielder has been attracting plenty of interest in his services of late, with the likes of Leeds United, West Ham, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur having made up the bulk of the domestic interest.
Meanwhile there is also a gaggle of teams that are tracking the 19-year-old from the continent, with Benfica, Porto, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon and Monaco all keeping tabs on his situation at Craven Cottage.
However it appears that the Reds have stolen a march on their rivals and are now confident of tying up a deal for the exciting forward come the turn of the new year.
Carvalho and his representatives have been locked in talks with Fulham for quite some time over a new contract, however it was recently reported by the same publication that they have rejected the club’s final offer.
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With just over six months left to run on his deal with the West London side, Fulham may well be forced to cash in come January in order to avoid losing Carvalho on a free in the summer of next year.
Time is certainly not on Fulham’s side with this one and they will know that they are likely to be inundated with offers when the window opens.
Getting the best price possible for Carvalho has to be their priority as he has already indicated that he has no intention of staying put at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have lost young players for small fees in the past and they won’t want to see a repeat of that in this instance.
Therefore they need to negotiate well in January when the top clubs come calling for the attacking midfielder.