Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Fabio Carvalho from Fulham, four months from missing out on his signature on January deadline day, and this time it was perfect timing.
The Reds had pushed to complete a deal for the 19-year-old on deadline day in the winter window, but time passed them by without checking all the boxes to sign him up and send him back on loan to Fulham.
But with an agreement between all parties in place, it was only a matter of time before it became official, and that time is now.
The highly-rated teenager was announced as the Reds’ latest addition to the squad on Monday for an initial fee of £5 million, potentially rising to £7.7 million.
Carvalho will complete his move on July 1 and his signing made for an exciting announcement for Reds after an emotionally draining day to close out the Premier League season:
Excellent news!!!! Welcome, Fabio! https://t.co/TQwpvXQiXE
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) May 23, 2022
Yeaahhhhh budddyyy!!! https://t.co/tRgY2ZKOPJ
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) May 23, 2022
Fabio Carvalho is a great signing for Liverpool- especially in the long term.
Absolutely vital fans remember he’s not the finished article yet and will need time.
Too often nowadays some #LFC fans expect these young kids to be performing at an elite level from the off.
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) May 23, 2022
You can’t beat a new signing announcement to get over a big disappointment. I’d almost forgotten about Carvalho in all the excitement. Welcome to #LFC Fabio!
— Christiano (@Christian_Dyer) May 23, 2022
Made up obviously and hope it works out but feel like we have bought Carvalho four times now.
— Neil Atkinson (@Knox_Harrington) May 23, 2022
? Fabio Carvalho has made more key passes (60) than any other teenager in the top four tiers of English football this season https://t.co/MZvgltUE9O
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 23, 2022
I’m really excited by the Carvalho signing, really looking forward to seeing how he does!
— – (@Coppin_LFC) May 23, 2022
Can't wait to see the lad develop even better under Klopp. https://t.co/6VvZkk4X78
— Dan Bennett (@DanBennett11) May 23, 2022
It's only a small thing, but the reds' PR team just know the best times to announce stuff like this https://t.co/7NsTTfo7hy
— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) May 23, 2022
Really excited to see what Carvalho can add in seasons to come, top signing?????? #LFC #RedOrDead
— ConorYNWA1 ?? (@conorYNWA1) May 23, 2022
Great news that Carvalho is confirmed.
Another step towards forming our next great team.
The club is in brilliant shape.
— Positive LFC Tweets (@30YearsRed) May 23, 2022
Carvalho is a player with so much potential. Just hope he gets opportunities at Liverpool. For #FFC, he was so important this season and the fee received, while good in circumstances (esp considering risk of overseas training comp), is not close to his true value. A top talent.
— Peter Rutzler (@peterrutzler) May 23, 2022
Nice little pick me up for a Monday morning! @LFC admin knows what they’re doing!! ?
What a prospect! Great bit of business!#YNWA https://t.co/JlVH8SgGkl
— BG (@TheOnlyBrianG) May 23, 2022
The machine keeps chugging along!
Another diamond mined to add to our ridiculously well stacked forward line! https://t.co/42zPYSLDsi
— Ritchie Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 23, 2022
The 19-year-old is an exciting attacking midfielder who is capable of playing out wide or deeper in midfield and he was not short on suitors after signalling he was not to renew his contract with Fulham.
But Anfield is now his destination and the Reds have another exciting young talent on their hands for fee the club will certainly see as a bargain.
Carvalho represents an exciting homegrown prospect who has a combined 40 senior appearances for Fulham across the Premier League and Championship, a play for the short and long-term.