Liverpool FC have confirmed the signing of Monaco’s defensive Midfielder Fabinho.
Both clubs have agreed a fee in the region of £39.3m plus an additional £4.3m in add-ons for the versatile play who can also play in centre- back.
The Brazilian is set to replace outgoing German Midfielder Emre Can who has agreed to join Italian giants Juventus this summer.
Fabinho, 24, has been capped four times by the Brazilian national team but missed out in coach Tire’s World Cup squad. Liverpool manager Klopp was delighted he made the switch from the Ligue 1 side.
“We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think,” the manager explained to Liverpoolfc.com.
“His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to.
“He has a lovely family also – adding a person like this to our dressing room only makes us even stronger. What we have – in terms of our environment at Melwood and in the team – means anyone coming in must be of that build. They must be the highest quality person and player.
“He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool.
“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.
“I like that he is young yet experienced also, with a high number of games at a club that compete to win. Also, international caps for Brazil tells you something about him.
“This signing gives us new opportunities and for that I am excited. I’m sure our supporters will make him very welcome and at home at our wonderful club and in our amazing city.”
Fabinho will meet his new teammates at Melwood on July 1 after 225 appearances and 29 goals for the French club, with whom he won the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17.