Less than an hour after reports in France broke saying Liverpool would move for Monaco midfielder Fabinho, multiple outlets covering Ligue 1 are claiming negotiations are at an advanced stage and a deal of around €50M could be agreed by the end of the day.
If the deal does go through, it would represent a stunningly quick move for a player at a position of need—and a sign that the club are willing and able to adjust on the fly to changing circumstances after it became clear they would lose Jorginho to Man City.
The 24-year-old Fabinho is Monaco’s midfield anchor and occasional cover at right back, a highly talented Brazilian international with elite ball skills and aggression. He also has the kind of engine required to thrive in the Premier League and Jürgen Klopp’s high press.
He might not bring quite the same quality to the transition that City-bound Jorginho would have, but in many ways he’s the superior holding player—there’s a reason he has most often been linked with a move this summer to Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.
This is unexpected. This is also very, very exciting—assuming the French reports are true and the Reds can push the deal over the line.