Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has been given permission to complete a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad for a reported fee of £40m. The move follows weeks of speculation over Fabinho’s future, with the player reportedly keen to leave Liverpool for a new challenge.

Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad
Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad

Fabinho, 27, joined Liverpool from Monaco in 2018 and quickly established himself as a key player for the club. He played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League triumphs in 2019 and 2020, earning plaudits for his defensive skills and ability to control the midfield.

However, Fabinho’s form dipped somewhat during the 2020-21 season, leading to speculation that he could be on his way out of the club. Al-Ittihad, who finished third in the Saudi Professional League last season, reportedly made a bid for Fabinho earlier this month, which Liverpool have now accepted.

Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad
Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad

Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, expressed his regret at losing Fabinho, saying: “Fabinho has been an important player for us over the last few years, and we are sad to see him go. However, we understand his desire for a new challenge, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

The move is a significant one for Al-Ittihad, who are looking to build a team capable of challenging for the Saudi Professional League title. Fabinho’s experience and quality are expected to be a major asset to the team, and he is likely to become a key player for them in the coming seasons.

Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad
Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad

Fabinho himself expressed his excitement at the move, saying: “I am thrilled to be joining Al-Ittihad and look forward to contributing to the team’s success. I have had a great time at Liverpool, but I feel that it is time for a new challenge, and I believe that Al-Ittihad is the right club for me.”

The move is also likely to have financial implications for Liverpool, who will receive a significant sum of money for the transfer. The club may use the funds to strengthen their squad in other areas, as they look to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad
Fabinho: Liverpool give midfielder permission to complete £40m move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad

Overall, the move represents a significant change for Fabinho and Liverpool, and it will be interesting to see how both parties fare in the coming seasons. While Liverpool will miss Fabinho’s quality and experience, the move could ultimately benefit the player and the club in the long run.

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