Joao Palhinha: Fulham agree £20m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder as Liverpool unveil Fabio Carvalho | Soccer News

Fulham have agreed a £20m deal with Sporting Lisbon for midfielder Joao Palhinha as the newly promoted Premier League side close in on their first summer signing.

The Portugal international has completed his medical at Fulham after agreeing personal terms.

The deal to sign the 26-year-old, which would have been attractive to Wolves, is expected to be officially announced soon.

Palhinha made 33 appearances and scored three goals for Sporting in all competitions last season.

Sky Sports News also understands that the Cottagers want to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon, with the Israel international’s valuation believed to be £7million.

Marco Silva’s side are also in the hunt for a right-back and are still awaiting a response from Wolfsburg to their £8.6m bid for Kevin Mbabu.

Liverpool officially unveil Carvalho

Fulham will mark their return to the Premier League against Liverpool at Craven Cottage on August 6, where the west London side could come up against their former player Fabio Carvalho.

On Sunday, the 19-year-old was officially unveiled as a Liverpool player after completing his move from Fulham, which was confirmed in May.

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The Portuguese striker has signed a five-year contract at Anfield and will report for the first day of pre-season training on Monday.

“It’s just an amazing feeling to be here at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest. So I’m just happy to be here and can’t wait to get started,” Carvalho said. to the club manager. website.

“Once you hear that Liverpool are interested, there is only one thought in your mind, which is to join them and try to be in and around the team. Hopefully I can achieve great things.

“I spoke with everyone, as well as the manager, and it was so natural. When things become natural, it’s so much easier to make a decision.”

“Marco Silva the way he plays football and got us to play football is more like attacking football and scoring goals which is similar to the way Liverpool play which is scoring goals and dominate games.

“That’s what I’m here to do, to be able to help the team with my assists, my creativity and my goals. I’m looking forward to it.”

Carvalho, born in Lisbon before moving with his family to England as a youth, will wear the number 28 shirt for Jurgen Klopp’s side and join fellow summer arrivals Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay at Anfield.

Klopp told the club’s official website: “What a talent he is, hey? A player who can put a stadium on their feet. He puts his personality into his performances, he’s confident and adventurous with the ball, and he wants to do things. occur.

“He’s a versatile player, that’s for sure, and he’s definitely an attacking threat with his creativity and drive.

“It was a wonderful season for Fulham last year and Fabio was a worthy winner of the individual recognition he got through it.

“It doesn’t really need to be said, but it’s worth reminding everyone that of course they will need patience. It’s a step forward, but we know it’s more than able to do that, which is why we’ve been so keen for so long to sign him from Liverpool.

“He has the perfect environment here to learn and develop. He has a dressing room full of the best football teachers who will help him settle in and adapt.

“With us, a player of Fabio’s profile will have the opportunity to improve, learn and develop further. I look forward to working with him and seeing him wear a red shirt.”

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