Liverpool have confirmed their first summer signing with a deal for Fabinho to join the club from Monaco, as confirmed on the club’s official website, for a fee reported by the Liverpool Echo to be in the region of £40 million. The Brazilian joins and will likely replace Emre Can in a holding midfield role.
“We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think. His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to,” Jurgen Klopp told the club’s website about the deal.
“He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool.”
“I came to Liverpool because I wanted to leave Monaco for an ambitious club, a club that plays to win every competition. Liverpool Football Club is one of these teams. I will try to create my own history at this football club,” the player himself added.
However, he won’t be joined by compatriot Alisson Becker quite as quickly if Roma’s Sporting Director Monchi is to be believed. The Spaniard has spoken out to confirm that no talks have taken place over a deal for the in-demand shotstopper despite increasing speculation following Loris Karius’ Champions League final nightmare.
“In order for a player to leave, there have to be three elements in place – an offer, a yes from the club and from the player. As of today, we have nothing of the sort,” Monchi said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“We are happy to keep him, transfer rumours are normal at this stage.”
That is not to say that talks will not take place later on in the summer or that Alisson may not end up at Anfield, but with a deal for Fabinho tied up before the end of May, the Reds are clearly acting quickly.
The signing of Fabinho will provide a welcome for distraction from the pain of defeat in Kiev, as it has gone under the radar that Sergio Ramos will not face any punishment for his challenge on Mohamed Salah which dislocated his elbow or his elbow into the face of Loris Karius, as reported by the London Evening Standard.
UEFA state that there has been no formal complaint from Liverpool, despite outrage from many fans, and they will not be investigating the matter any further despite the accusations that the Real Madrid captain deliberately injured the Egyptian forward.