Liverpool in Carvalho transfer mission as move lined up - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

20th Jan, 2022 | 6:45am

Sources: Liverpool working to strike early agreement to sign Carvalho after Hunter transfer mission

Liverpool are working on a deal already to sign red-hot Fulham star Fabio Carvalho after getting the green light from chief scout Barry Hunter, Football Insider has learned.

The talent spotter was in attendance at Craven Cottage last Saturday to watch the 19-year-old sensation score in his team’s 6-2 demolition of Bristol City.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Liverpool are keen to steal a march on their rivals by setting up a deal in the coming months to sign the winger when his contract at Fulham expires in the summer.

Carvalho will be a free agent by that point but it will not be a free transfer as the west London club will be due a significant compensation fee for development costs.

The starlet is also attracting strong interest from the likes of Leeds United, Southampton and West Ham.

But Liverpool will not wait until the summer to lay the foundations for a move and have already asked for information about the potential structure of the deal.

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Top talent spotter Hunter is said to have been hugely impressed by Carvalho and he has sanctioned a move for the Fulham sensation in what will be a concern to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals.

The Merseyside giants were able to lure then 16-year-old Harvey Elliott away from Fulham in 2019 when his contract expired.

The two clubs were unable to reach an agreement over a fee and an independent tribunal decided that Liverpool should pay an initial £1.5million topped up by performance-related add-ons of £2.8m and a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

Carvalho, who has been at Fulham since he was 12, started the Championship season with three goals in his first four league games, but his campaign has been disrupted by a toe injury and a bout of Covid.

He has returned to top form in recent weeks during an astonishing run of results at his club.

Fulham have scored 19 goals in their last three matches and Carvalho has scored three times in the last two of them.

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