Joao Palhinha: Fulham agree £20m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder as Liverpool unveil Fabio Carvalho | Football News

Fulham have agreed a £20m deal with Sporting Lisbon for midfielder Joao Palhinha as the newly-promoted Premier League side close in on their first summer signing.

The Portugal international has been having his Fulham medical after agreeing personal terms.

The deal to sign the 26-year-old, who had reportedly been interesting Wolves, is expected to be formally announced soon.

Palhinha made 33 appearances and scored three goals for Sporting in all competitions last season.

Sky Sports News also understands the Cottagers want to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon, with the Israel international’s valuation believed to be £7m.

Marco Silva’s side are in the market for a right-back too, and are still waiting for an answer from Wolfsburg to their £8.6m bid for Kevin Mbabu.

Liverpool officially unveil Carvalho

Fulham mark their return to the Premier League against Liverpool at Craven Cottage on August 6, where the west London side could come up against their former player Fabio Carvalho.

On Sunday the 19-year-old has been officially unveiled as a Liverpool player after completing his move to Fulham, which had been confirmed in May.

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Watch all of Fabio Carvalho’s goals for Fulham in the Championship from the 2021/22 season

The Portuguese forward has signed a five-year contract at Anfield and will report for the first day of pre-season training on Monday.

“It’s just an amazing feeling to be here at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest. So, I’m just happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started,” Carvalho told the club’s official website.

“Once you hear that Liverpool are interested, there’s only one thought in your mind, which is to join them and try to be in and around the team. Hopefully I can achieve big things.

“I spoke with everyone, and the manager, and it just felt so natural. When things become natural it’s just so much easier to make a decision.”

“Marco Silva, the way he plays football and made us play football, is more like attacking football and getting goals, which is similar to how Liverpool play, which is to score goals and dominate games.

“That’s what I’m here to do, to be able to help the team with my assists, creativity and goals. I’m looking forward to it.”

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