Liverpool confirm they have signed AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho on a long-term deal. The Telegraph say the Reds paid £43.7m to procure his signature and the Brazilian revealed his delight to have signed for Liverpool.
“I am really excited about this move,” he said. “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.”
Fabinho made 233 appearances in all competitions since joining Monaco in 2015 from Rio Ave, winning the Ligue 1 title and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2016/17.
The 24-year-old, who has made four caps for the Brazilian national team, will serve as a replacement for Emre Can who is expected to join Juventus this summer.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has strengthened accordingly, adding Naby Keita and now Fabinho to a side already containing Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner.
Fabinho is a combative player who is also composed in possession and will help to control the game in the middle of the park. He was previously a target for Arsenal and Manchester United, so Liverpool have done well to sign him without competition for his signature.
The Reds finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the final of the Champions League, but they’ll be hoping to challenge for the title and win some silverware in 2018/19.