Ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes that Liverpool will win their tug of war with Manchester United for Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho.
Reports over the weekend had claimed that the Red Devils are attempting to hijack their Merseyside rival’s attempts to snap up the teenager, but Whelan can’t see the midfielder snubbing a move to Anfield:
“I’d much rather play for Liverpool than Man United – that’s just how it is. There are a lot of deep-rooted problems at Man United which need to be resolved, and that starts at the top. When you look at how Liverpool are run as a club, everything’s in place and it’s a very tight ship – which is a much more healthy atmosphere to be playing your football in. Liverpool have come in and shown interest in the player, he was close to joining. I’d be very surprised if he were to turn his nose up at joining them in favour of a move to Man United.”
Arsenal and West Ham are also said to be keen on Carvalho, but Liverpool have put in a lot of the groundwork to sign the 19-year-old, despite failing to finalise a transfer on deadline day last month.
The Reds have already agreed an £8m fee, with the player’s contract also said to be not a problem. The remaining uncertainty comes down to the fact that his current deal at Fulham expires in the summer.
Any team could potentially make a better offer to secure Carvalho’s signature, but you would hope the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s side have made so much headway, in terms of getting the deal done, will help them see off any potential challengers.