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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Liverpool agree deal for Monaco's Fabinho

Brazilian international to join Premier League club after World Cup in Russia

Fabinho won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2017. He is moving to Liverpool after the World Cup in Russia. Francois Nascimbeni  / AFP Photo
Fabinho won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2017. He is moving to Liverpool after the World Cup in Russia. Francois Nascimbeni  / AFP Photo

Monaco midfielder Fabinho will join Liverpool following the World Cup finals in Russia, the French Ligue 1 club and the Premier League giants announced on Monday.

Brazilian international Fabinho, 24, had agreed at the end of last year's title-winning campaign to remain one more season in the Principality.

But agreement has now been reached with the Premier League club that will see Fabinho join the Reds after the finals in Russia.

No financial details were given by either club, although some reports claim the deal is worth £44m ($58m US).

"AS Monaco has reached agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Fabinho to the English club on July 1," Monaco said in a statement posted on their website.

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Usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, Fabinho has scored 31 goals in 233 appearances for Monaco since arriving at the club in 2013 from Real Madrid, winning the French league title in 2017.

Liverpool, who lost 3-1 in Saturday's Champions League final to Real Madrid, confirmed the deal on their official website.

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm a deal has been agreed for the transfer of Fabinho from AS Monaco," said a statement.

"The Brazil midfielder will formally seal a switch to the Reds on July 1 after successfully completing a medical and finalising terms on a long-term contract at Melwood.

"I am really excited about this move," Fabinho told Liverpool's club website.

"This is something that I always wanted - this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.

"A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn't have to think that much about coming over.

"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.

"I will try to grow and learn and improve myself, and to be part of the club's history."

Fabinho, who has four caps for Brazil, becomes Liverpool's first signing of the summer transfer window.