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Joao Palhinha: Fulham agree £20m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder as Liverpool introduce Fabio Carvalho | football news

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

The Portuguese international has passed the Fulham medical examination after agreeing personal conditions.

The deal to sign the 26-year-old, who had reportedly been interesting for Wolves, is expected to be formally announced soon.

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

Sky sports news he also understands that the Cottagers want to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon and the Israeli international’s valuation is believed to be £7m.

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

Liverpool officially presents Carvalho

Fulham mark their return to the Premier League against Liverpool at Craven Cottage on August 6, where the west London side could face 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 had been confirmed in May.

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

“It’s an amazing feeling to be here at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest. So I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to start,” Carvalho told the club official. 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 talked to everyone, and the coach, and it felt so natural. When things become natural, it’s much easier to make a decision.”

“Marco Silva, the way he plays football and made us play football, is more like attacking football and scoring goals, which is similar to how Liverpool play, which is scoring goals and dominating games.

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

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

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

“He’s a versatile player for sure and he’s a great attacking threat with his creativity and dynamism.

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

“It really goes without saying, but it’s worth reminding everyone that of course he’s going to need patience. It’s a step up, but we know he’s more than capable of it, which is why we were so excited for so long.” to sign him for Liverpool.

“Here is the perfect environment to learn and develop. He has a locker room full of the best soccer coaches to help him settle in and adapt.

“With us, a player of Fabio’s profile will have the opportunity and the space to improve, learn and develop further. I am looking forward to working with him and seeing him in the red jersey.”

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