Fabinho To Join Liverpool On 1 July
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Fabinho from Monaco. The Reds will pay an initial €45million (£39.3million) for the 24-year-old Brazil international with a further €5million (£4.3million) in performance-related add-ons and bonuses.
While Fabinho was fully expected to leave Monaco this summer the move to Anfield has come right out of the blue. Liverpool have never been linked with the right-sided midfielder who has been a target for both Manchester United and, more recently, Paris Saint-Germain.
“I am really excited about this move,” Fabinho told the club’s official website.
“This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.
“A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over.
“I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club.
“I will try to grow and learn and improve myself, and to be part of the club’s history.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp added:
“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.
“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.
“He is tactically very strong and football smart. I think he improves our squad and there aren’t that many players you can say that about in this moment, because the quality we have already is so high.
“I like that he is young yet experienced also, with a high number of games at a club that compete to win. Also, international caps for Brazil tells you something about him.”
Fabinho spent five years at Monaco. He moved to the Ligue 1 side in 2013 from Real Madrid having made just one brief appearances for the Spanish giants.
He was linked with Manchester United in the summer of 2016. However, Monaco put a block on any move. It was a similar story last summer when the French side prevented any move having already lost three of their 2016-17 title-winning squad.
Fabinho will formally become a Liverpool player on 1 July.