Liverpool are looking to land Fabio Carvalho for a paltry £5m with his contract at Fulham expiring this summer.
The Reds are not pleased with west London’s side, despite their dissatisfaction over Harvey Elliott’s transfer.
Jurgen Klopp, West Ham’s ace in Portugal, is not the only player who is interested in this race.
Fulham might choose Liverpool over their London rivals because they don’t like them bullying Elliott into signing for them cheaply.
Carvalho has been in dominant form for the Cottagers this year, scoring seven goals and assisting two in Championship.
He is the latest production from the club’s academy but the 19-year-old’s contract is set to expire this summer and he has no plans to renew.
Marco Silva will soon lose this highly-rated starlet, unless he sells his house.
According to Silver Screen BeatsLiverpool has taken a significant interest in his services, as they search the bargain bin.
Despite being a major talent, they are ready to make a bid worth just £5m – forcing Fulham into an uneasy decision.
They haven’t forgotten how they had to sell Elliott, the Anfield team – the last great talent to come out Motspur Park.
In a similar arrangement, the youngster was due to leave at the expiration of his contract. Liverpool then swooped in.
The rules state that clubs can claim compensation if they lose a child player under 24 because of his training or development.
Fulham demanded £7m for Elliott but Liverpool refused, with the Professional Football Compensation Committee ruling on their side by pricing the teenager at an initial £1.5m with a further £2.8m in future payments as well as a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
Fulham was left with a bitter taste in the mouths. The Reds are now at the back of any transfer deals.
Liverpool is also interested in Carvalho. West Ham and Leeds are interested as well as Porto. Carvalho’s brother, Jorge Mendes, is acting as his agent.
Silva’s side are in jaw-dropping form in the Championship, blowing teams away with their latest victims being Birmingham in a 6-2 victory.
This comes after a fantastic start to the year for the division, where they also beat Reading 7-0 away and gave out another 6-2 to Bristol City.