Having not been an ever-present in Liverpool’s team like he probably would have expected when he arrived from Monaco for £44m in the summer, Fabinho could leave Anfield on loan in January, with PSG eyeing a temporary move for the Brazilian, according to a report from French publication Le Parisien via SportWitness.
The Ligue 1 Champions are in desperate need of a defensive midfielder and despite Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure being their primary target, sporting director Antero Henrique has only been given €24m to spend in January, thus putting Doucoure, who the Hornets value at £35m, out of their reach.
This has consequently led them to pursuing Fabinho on a short-term loan deal, having pursued his signature prior to him joining Liverpool in the summer, although Monaco were unwillingly to deal with their domestic rivals.
Reports believe Fabinho could be interested in departing Merseyside as a lack of action has left him ‘bored’ at the club and a move to Paris could help him gain the regular game time he’s craving.
However, one potential stumbling block could come in the form of Fabinho’s agent: Jorge Mendes. The relationship between Mendes and PSG is, according to Le Parisien, ‘very bad’ and this would seemingly put any move for Fabinho in jeopardy.
Although it hasn’t been the easiest starts to life at Anfield for Fabinho, he has started the last two games for Liverpool and put in a MOTM display against Red Star in the Champions League, winning back possession with crunching tackles constantly.
I very much doubt Klopp would have sanctioned paying £44m for Fabinho if he didn’t want him to be an integral part of the side and having now adjusted to the tempo of Klopp’s play, it seems very unlikely that he’ll leave in January and instead look for him to play a key role in the second half of the season.