Liverpool Reportedly Willing to Sell Fabinho to Fund Christian Pulisic Transfer

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Fabinho of Liverpool looks on prior the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool and FK Crvena Zvezda at Anfield on October 24, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are reportedly open to selling summer signing Fabinho in order to fund a pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic.

According to the Mirror's John Richardson, the Brazil international has attracted interest from Juventus and AC Milan, and the Reds could offload him to help them beat Chelsea to Pulisic's signature.

Pulisic, who could cost £70 million, has little more than 18 months remaining on his BVB contract. Negotiations over a new deal are said to have broken down, so Dortmund may have to part with him soon rather than risk losing him for free.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp worked with Pulisic during his time with Dortmund, and according to a club source: "Having watched Christian develop, there is no way Jurgen is going to back off now. He knows he is a talent who can light up the Premier League."

Pulisic only turned 20 in September, but he already has 109 appearances under his belt for Dortmund's senior side. In that time, he has scored 15 goals and assisted 24.

He's also a regular for the USMNT, having found the net nine times in 22 outings.

The youngster has pace to burn and likes to beat people:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Christian Pulisic: Has completed more dribbles (90) than any other player since the start of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season For more player stats -- https://t.co/FdAxNKr1iC https://t.co/BnDhl3NEjY

Football writer Will Parchman believes the winger would be well suited to playing for Klopp's Liverpool, but could struggle for game time with the Reds:

Will Parchman @WillParchman

Every time I watch Liverpool I am struck by two concurrent thoughts. 1. Pulisic would be so good in this Liverpool system. 2. Pulisic will rarely be a first choice option in this Liverpool system.

That would be especially the case given the player in front of him in the pecking order would be Mohamed Salah.

Nevertheless, he would be a superb option for Liverpool, and he has the potential to have an incredible career.

However, it's difficult to imagine them parting with Fabinho so soon after signing him, even if it would help fund Pulisic's capture.

Fabinho has only made eight appearances since his arrival at Anfield at a total of 482 minutes on the pitch.

The 25-year-old is taking his time to adapt to his new surroundings, but football writer Jonathan Northcroft believes the midfielder will prove to be a fine acquisition for Liverpool:

Jonathan Northcroft @JNorthcroft

My sports editor disagrees, but I think Fabinho will prove a very good signing. As the excellent @AIUnderPressure will inform you, his pressing/defensive actions stats are off the scale. He's not a 'jogo bonito' player but in that other, hardened, Dunga/Gilberto Silva mode.

Jonathan Northcroft @JNorthcroft

...what I like most about Fabinho is his speed to the ball and his aggression once he gets there. Potentially a tackling/pressing machine. Interested he said Liverpool are trying to strengthen his core and thighs without adding muscle bulk. Presumably to keep him fast and light.

Indeed, it's highly unlikely the Reds would be willing to give up on him so soon, particularly after spending £43.7 million on him.

Their desire to recruit Pulisic—and stop him from joining rivals Chelsea in the process—is understandable, but they would most likely fund his purchase through other means.


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