Liverpool has agreed on a deal for Monaco midfielder Fabinho, according to Daily Mail reports.
he 24-year-old Brazilian, who also had interest from Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, wants to move to Anfield and the chance to work under Jurgen Klopp.
Fabinho can play in a number of positions though favours the defensive midfield role. Monaco values him around £45million.
Liverpool are already signing Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig but had pursued Napoli’s Jorginho too who is now expected to join Manchester City.
Klopp’s midfield needs strengthening with Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain out for most of the year, Emre Can talking to Juventus and James Milner turning 33 in January.
Liverpool also expects to open talks with Lyon for Nabil Fekir ahead of a possible £53million transfer and will revisit the prospect of signing a new goalkeeper with Roma’s Alisson Becker top of their list.
Lyon president Jean Aulus believes a deal will not be agreed for Fekir until after the World Cup and insists he has no appointment set but the Anfield club are keen to strike a deal.
Klopp has a number of options as he looks to take the workload off Mo Salah and Sadio Mane while giving the squad another tactical dimension as Fekir can play as a playmaker also.
Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic is also under consideration though Chelsea and Bayern Munich have already held talks over a possible £53million transfer while Tottenham are also interested in the US international though are unlikely to match their rivals financially.
Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson is valued at £60m and they are not keen to sell but Liverpool know Roma may need to stay within financial fairplay guidelines.
Klopp wants to support Loris Karius following his showing on Saturday evening though much will also depend on how hard Simon Mignolet pushes to leave.
Liverpool have discussed Zorya goalkeeper Andriy Lunin but the 19-year-old Ukraine U21 international is seen as one for the future.