As per David Ornstein of The Athletic, Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad are set to make a ‘concrete bid’ for Liverpool midfielder Fabinho.
The deal is expected to ‘develop fast one way or another’, but poses a key issue for The Reds, as they would not be keen on letting the Brazilian go without a direct replacement. However, this is being worked on by the club, with Southampton’s Roméo Lavia being the main name under consideration for their number six position, amongst others.
The 29-year-old, who would be joining French international’s N’Golo Kanté and Karim Benzema if he were to move to the Saudi club, is not the only midfielder being linked with a move from Merseyside to the Gulf State, with previous reports from Ornstein stating that club captain Jordan Henderson is leaning towards a move to Steven Gerrard’s new side Al Ettifaq. The England international has reportedly been made an offer worth around £700,000 per week, which would quadruple his current salary.
Both Fabinho and Henderson have been stalwarts in Jürgen Klopp’s incredible side over the past few seasons, becoming key influences in helping bring Anfield their first ever Premier League title in the 2019/20 season, whilst also winning the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, as well as both the FA Cup and EFL Cup in the 2021/22 season.
Consequently, if they were to go through, both moves would mark another part of what has been a significant midfield rebuild for Liverpool this summer. James Milner, Naby Keïta, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have already departed on free transfers, whilst exciting talents Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister have joined for just over €100m combined.
Travis Levison | Get Football