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Liverpool reach agreement to sign Monaco midfielder Fabinho

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Liverpool have confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho will join the club from AS Monaco, effective from July 1st.



Jurgen Klopp's side, who were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final, will be in need of a replacement for outgoing midfielder Emre Can, who is set to join Juventus on a free transfer.

The Reds will pay an initial fee of £39 million, with performance-related payments due to take the fee up to £43 million. 

In their official announcement, Fabinho told Liverpool's official website: "This is something that I always wanted - this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional. 

"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."

The Brazilian, who currently has four caps for the national team, will have an undisturbed pre-season schedule, due to his omission from the Selecao's World Cup squad.

Analysis

New manager Jurgen Klopp said about his latest acquisition: "We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person.

"His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to.

"He is tactically very strong and football smart. I think he improves our squad and there aren't that many players you can say that about in this moment, because the quality we have already is so high. 

"This signing gives us new opportunities and for that I am excited. I'm sure our supporters will make him feel very welcome and at home at our wonderful club and in our amazing city."

The boss, therefore, has the optimal amount of time needed to integrate the midfielder into the spine of his team, slotting him in with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Giorginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It's also fair to say that he will be met with a baptism of fire when he joins up with his new teammates for the International Champions Cup in America this upcoming pre-season.

Klopp's men have been confirmed to face German giants Borussia Dortmund and Italian crowd-pleasers Napoli, as well as north-west high-rollers Manchester City and Manchester United.

With a great portion of the squad unlikely to make the start of pre-season due to this summer's World Cup, it is a huge opportunity for the Brazilian to stake his claim as the first name on the Anfield teamsheet. 

The one thing that can be confirmed from this move is that it will go down extremely well with the Kop faithful. Peter Moore and everyone behind the scenes involved with Liverpool Football Club have done well to appease the fans and get their first summer signing sewed up so soon after heartbreak in Kyiv. 

The future sure is looking bright for Liverpool fans, and it is now just a matter of time before a genuine Premier League title challenge.

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