Liverpool have wasted no time in making their first summer signing, as central midfielder Fabinho has put pen to paper on a long-term £39m deal at Anfield.
The 24-year-old former Monaco man will join Liverpool on July 1st along with Guinean international Naby Keita as Jürgen Klopp looks to add more strength to his squad following a successful season – despite a heartbreaking defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the Brazilian enforcer spoke of his delight at signing for The Reds: “I am really excited about this move.
“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.
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“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.”
The deal to bring Fabinho has somewhat taken Liverpool fans by surprise, with reports breaking merely an hour before the Brazilian’s deal was announced on the official Liverpool pages, and it has been greeted with much excitement.
With the arrival of Keita, Kopites are now drooling at the concept of the two lining up alongside each other in a new-look midfield at Anfield next season. It is exactly the tonic that was needed after a sobering night in Kiev on Saturday, with spirits lifted almost instantly among Reds fans online.
The ruthlessness with which Liverpool have gone about the sealing the deal for Fabinho suggests that Klopp will look to tie up deals for his key targets as quickly as possible.
And, as rumours continue to circulate around Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, fans are hoping that his and more arrivals are imminent.
This is once again a sign that FSG are more than willing to back Klopp financially but also proves that top-class talent from across the world of football are sitting up and paying attention to Liverpool’s current trajectory under Klopp.
One thing that Fabinho’s arrival does also signal is the end to Emre Can’s career on Merseyside as the Brazilian looks like a direct replacement for the German, who now looks certain to make his switch to Juventus.