Liverpool youngster Fabio Carvalho is reportedly “finalising” his loan move to Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig after Jurgen Klopp ‘rejected’ a permanent exit.
The Premier League giants signed the 20-year-old from Fulham last year for a fee of around £7.7m.
Carvalho made an impact in the early stages of the 2022/23 campaign as he scored a late winning goal against Newcastle United, but his debut season at Liverpool was a struggle overall.
The Portugal U21 international was restricted to just four starts in the Premier League and Klopp admitted that the 2022/23 campaign “was not Carvalho’s best year”.
“I think there is a possibility that maybe Fabio will go on loan or whatever. We will see. The thing is, this was not Fabio’s best year of his career, clearly, in a very young career, but it might have been his most important,” Klopp said.
“No player has impressed me more than Fabio, that’s the truth. Because this kind of very talented boy came here with big dreams and big expectations, it was OK in the beginning but didn’t work out in the end.”
RB Leipzig quickly emerged as a potential suitor for Carvalho and Liverpool turned down a ‘derisory’ permanent bid from the German side last month.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano is now reporting that Carlvalho “will join” RB Leipzig and a “buy option” will not be included in the deal.
He adds: “Negotiations are being finalised as deal will be signed next week but the total agreement is confirmed.
“A loan deal was the only solution as Klopp and Liverpool rejected any permanent deal bid.”
A report from Football Insider meanwhile adds ‘Carvalho is closing in on a season-long loan move to RB Leipzig’.
Liverpool reportedly ‘rejected a bid worth in excess of £10m from Leipzig prior to the end of the season’ and they initially ‘hoped that he might agree a loan to a fellow Premier League side’.
West Ham, Brentford and Burnley ‘enquired’ about Carvalho but his ‘preference’ was to join RB Leipzig. Ex-Premier League forward Gabby Agbonlahor reckons the Liverpool starlet should join the Hammers.
“If I was Carvalho I would go to West Ham to get games under my belt,” Agbonalhor told Football Insider.
“When Fulham got promoted a couple of seasons ago and Carvalho decided to join Liverpool, it was never the right move as he was not going to get game time.
“But now he needs a loan in the Premier League to show that he is good enough to compete in the division.
“He shouldn’t leave the Premier League and go elsewhere.
“I think he’s a top player but he was never going to get the chance at Liverpool and I think Liverpool have got many players in the position that he likes to play in, so West Ham would be a good move.”