Saudi side Al-Ittihad are set to make Liverpool an opening 40m offer for midfielder Fabinho as they continue to add stars to their ranks, it has emerged.
Al-Ittihad have already signed Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Celtic’s Jota this summer, but are part of a league-wide scheme to continue attracting top talent to the middle east, and will continue to splash the cash as a result.
Brazilian Fabinho, who has been a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s side since arriving from Monaco in 2018, has three years left to run on his contract at Anfield. However, he was a shadow of his former self last season, and though still only 29-years-old there are question marks about his longevity in the Liverpool side.
One solution could be sanctioning a mega-move away, and according to the Athletic Al-Ittihad are set to table a ‘concrete’ offer whicb ‘is expected to be worth £40million’, and could offer a win-win situation for all parties.
It is anticipated that ‘a decision will move quickly one way or the other’, with less than a month until the new season kicks off, and any departure could see the Reds step up their interest in Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, who is believed to be on the market for around £40m.
His departure could continue a major overhaul in midfield, with James Milner having already left on a free transfer and Jordan Henderson weighing up an offer to join Fabinho in Saudi Arabia, this time with Al-Ettfiaq who are managed by former teammate Steven Gerrard.
It is understood that Liverpool will demand around 10m euros for their club captain should he leave, and though 50m euros (£42m) would represent excellent returns on two players whose best days are behind them, it could well leave a void of leadership and experience in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield should both depart.