Fabinho: Liverpool agree £39m deal for Monaco midfielder (2)

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Liverpool have agreed to sign Monaco midfielder Fabinho in a deal that could be worth more than £40m. The Brazil international, 24, will join the Champions League finalists on 1 July for around £39m (45m euros).

A further £4m (5m euros) could be added in performance-related bonus payments and Fabinho's arrival is likely to be followed by the departure of Emre Can.

"This is something that I always wanted - this is a giant of a team," said Fabinho. "I am really excited."

'He can play six, eight and two - this is cool'
Fabinho has spent spells playing as a right-back but has excelled in defensive midfield and is viewed as a replacement for Can, who is out of contract this summer and has repeatedly been linked with Juventus.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said: "He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play 'six', 'eight' and 'two'. This is cool."

The Brazilian, whose deal will begin on 1 July, said the club's infrastructure looked "exceptional".

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

"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."