Leeds United have been handed a transfer boost in their chase for Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho.
According to recent reports, the Cottagers have hit a contract impasse with the 19-year-old, whose deal at the club expires at the end of this season.
It was suggested that the likes of Leeds, West Ham, Norwich and Porto are all said to be interested in making a move for the teenager, and that “owners Shahid and Tony Khan face a difficult decision whether to cash in if they can’t reach agreement with the youngster over a new deal.”
Now, it’s been claimed that Carvalho has turned down the latest offer from Fulham over a new contract, and that the teenager looks all set to depart – potentially even in the January transfer window.
Speaking after he watched him score his first goal for the club against Southampton towards the back end of last season, former Fulham boss Scott Parker said: “Fabio was lively, he had great amounts of energy. All round his performance was very good for a young boy that has come into the team for his full debut.
“He showed real courage and bravery, he’s earned the right to get into this team. He’s not in this team because our season’s over, he’s in the team because he deserves it.”
Able to play anywhere across midfield and further forward too, Carvalho has been at his best for Fulham’s youth sides when playing just behind the striker.
In 42 games in that position for the Cottagers, the England U18 international has smashed in an incredible 20 goals and provided another nine assists too, while he’s also equally effective out wide too (he’s scored seven goals and set up another eight from the right-hand side).
This season has seen him start off with a bang for the senior side, bagging three goals in seven Championship games, including providing one assist too.
Given the position that he plays, it’s Leeds’ Tyler Roberts who will perhaps be feeling the most worried about Carvalho’s potential arrival at Elland Road.
At 22, the Welshman is three years older than the Fulham youngster, but has shown nothing like the kind of potential or form in the Premier League to warrant him being a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s side at Elland Road – a record of just eight goals in 95 games for the club is a testament to that.
Carvalho joining Leeds could push Roberts out of the reckoning for a first-team spot, and overtake him in the pecking order under Bielsa.
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