Liverpool seals first transfer deal of the season after Champions League mishap.
The Brazil international will officially join the club on July 1 but arrived on Merseyside on Monday with his agent, Jorge Mendes, to complete his medical and agree personal terms that will keep him at Anfield until June 2023.
Liverpool have made an initial payment to the Ligue 1 side of £39.4million, with add-ons worth £4.3million being triggered around objectives such as qualifying for the Champions League.
‘I am really excited about this move,’ Fabinho said. ‘This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.
He will replace Emre Can, who is seemingly bound for Juventus when his contract expires, and Fabinho will be the first addition of an ambitious summer overhaul that is likely to see the Champions League finalists spend £150million on new additions.
Jurgen Klopp is determined that the momentum gained from the run to Kiev, which secured Liverpool prize money of £67.71million, will not be lost and other targets include Lyon’s £60million-rated playmaker Nabil Fekir and Alisson Becker, the Roma goalkeeper.
‘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.’
Klopp is determined to build a squad capable of sustaining a challenge for the Premier League and he has earmarked Fekir, the £60million rated playmaker at Lyon, as the prime candidate to replace Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January.
Alisson, meanwhile, will become the new goalkeeper if Liverpool are given encouragement that Roma will do business and their caused could be helped by the fact that the Italians are vulnerable due to Financial Fair Play rules.
Roma have were punished by UEFA in May 2015 over Financial Fair Play after reporting losses of £50million and had sanctions imposed on them for three seasons.
The need to balance the books last summer meant they had no choice but to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for £36.9million.
The Italians are on a stronger financial footing now, having reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, but they still have deadlines to meet and will be vulnerable throughout June to big offers for key players – it is why they considered selling Edin Dzeko to Chelsea in January.
Liverpool are aware that it would take a world record fee for a goalkeeper to land Alisson, way beyond the £34.7million that Manchester City paid to Benfica for Ederson 12 months ago – Roma will not entertain bids that are below £60million.