Fabinho will join Al-Ittihad in the next couple of days.

That’s according to journalist David Ornstein, who has reported that the midfielder is set to bring his time at Liverpool to an end by the end of the week.

Fabinho has spent five years at Anfield since joining from Monaco in a £39 million deal and played a key role in lifting the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

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After a rather underwhelming last campaign, Fabinho is now nearing a move to Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad. The deal had been delayed due to financial problems, however a move to the Middle East now looks to be back on.

Speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel FIVE, Ornstein said: “There was jeopardy for sure. Reports suggest it was to do with the finances.

“There was a commitment on all sides to still get the deal done, despite it stalling. Despite a bit of blockage we are led to believe that is now back on and it should be done and dusted this week.”

Delays to Fabinho’s move to Al-Ittihad was not because of his dogs

Fabinho was left out of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Germany as he looked to close a deal to Al-Ittihad, however he still remains at the club after returning this week.

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Various reports had claimed that Fabinho’s £40m move to Al-Ittihad was under threat due to his French bulldogs not being allowed in Saudi Arabia.

It was thought that Fabinho needed clarity on whether he would be able to bring his two pets to Saudi Arabia, with reports claiming that the breed is banned in the country due to being ‘dangerous and aggressive’.

However, Ornstein has shut down those rumours and instead revealed the hiccup was most likely due to finances.