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Liverpool have confirmed Fulham attacking midfielder Fábio Carvalho will join them on July 1 but are worried about Thiago Alcântara’s fitness for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Carvalho, 19, is set to sign a five-year deal with the club from Anfield and will cost £5million plus add-ons. Jürgen Klopp wanted to sign the Portugal Under-21 international in January but, despite agreeing on personal terms and the player having passed a medical, the deal didn’t go past the deadline.

Interest from Liverpool never waned, however, and the transfer was agreed in principle last month. The Champions League runners-up will pay extras of around £2.7m and have agreed a 20% sell-out clause with Fulham.

A statement from Liverpool said: “Liverpool FC can confirm that Fábio Carvalho will join the club this summer. The 19-year-old striker will officially complete his spell with the Reds on July 1.

“Carvalho played a key role in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists in 36 games as Marco Silva’s side won the league title. He had played for the Cottagers in the Premier League. top flight four times the previous season, marking his first Premier League start with an away goal at Southampton in May 2021.

“An exciting talent born in the Lisbon region of Portugal, Carvalho made his debut for the Portugal Under-21s in March this year after representing England at youth level. academy at Fulham and made 44 senior appearances in total for the London club.

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Carvalho, who can operate as a winger or an attacking midfielder, was capped by England at Under-18 level, before opting to represent Portugal. He will join Liverpool for the start of pre-season training and a tour of the Far East.

Thiago injured his Achilles tendon in Liverpool’s Premier League win over Wolves on Sunday and must fight to be fit for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. The influential midfielder limped off during first-half stoppage time at Anfield with what was initially suspected to be a hamstring problem. Klopp declined to go into detail about the injury after the match, although Thiago’s right thigh was heavily strapped for the post-match victory lap.

Scans, however, revealed the 31-year-old injured his Achilles tendon in the 3-1 win which saw Liverpool miss out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by a point. The injury is not believed to be serious but, with the Paris final only five days away, his involvement against Carlo Ancelotti’s side is in doubt. In the meantime, Thiago will be working intensively with Liverpool medical staff in a bid to be available.

Thiago’s fitness isn’t the only midfield issue Klopp is facing ahead of the final. Fabinho has been sidelined since picking up a hamstring injury at Aston Villa on May 10. The defensive midfielder is yet to return to full training but hopes to do so later this week.

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