In the pursuit of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, Liverpool understands the importance of replacing key players with top-quality talent.
Over the years, Fabinho has proven to be Liverpool’s best defensive midfielder. But at 29 years old, he is now edging closer to a move to Saudi Arabia.
To fill the void left by Fabinho, several players have come into the spotlight. And one name, in particular, stands out – Joao Palhinha.
According to the latest report from The Daily Telegraph, covered by Sam Wallace. Liverpool is keen on securing the services of the Seleccao midfielder from Fulham.
West Ham United is also eyeing the Portuguese international, especially after losing their main play breaker, Declan Rice, to Arsenal.
While Romeo Lavia of Southampton has been linked with Liverpool. The 19-year-old lacks the necessary experience to directly replace the club legend, Fabinho, in the starting XI.
In a similar vein, Chris Bascombe shared the opinion that the Belgian international is also too young for an immediate replacement role for the Brazilian star.
Will Palhinha be the perfect replacement for Fabinho at Liverpool?
However, he does believe that the teenager might offer better value. Considering Palhinha’s staggering valuation of £80 million by the Cottagers.
Fulham acquired Palhinha from Sporting CP last year for a fee of £20 million. And he swiftly established himself as one of the finest play breakers in the Premier League last season.
Having recently got to 28 years of age and having 21 international caps, with appearances for Portugal at the FIFA World Cup. It remains questionable if Liverpool would be willing to invest £80 million to replace 29-year-old Fabinho at Anfield.
In conclusion, Liverpool’s interest in Joao Palhinha to replace Fabinho signifies their determination to maintain their competitiveness at the highest level. However, the hefty price tag attached to the talented midfielder might pose a considerable hurdle in the deal. As the transfer window progresses, it will be intriguing to witness the developments surrounding this potential signing and its impact on Liverpool’s midfield dynamics.