Liverpool has given holding midfielder Fabinho permission to complete a £40m move to Al-Ittihad in the Saudi League. The 29-year-old has been given permission to have a physical and complete the necessary paperwork after the Saudi Pro League team’s application was submitted on Friday night. Fabinho made 219 appearances for the Reds, winning the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Super Cup during his time there. He moved to Liverpool from Monaco for £43.7 million in 2018.
Now it appears that Fabinho would leave Liverpool after five years and join Saudi champions Al-Ittihad, one of the four Saudi Arabian teams owned by the nation’s Public Investment Fund. After talks within the organization were sparked by the receipt of Al-Ittihad’s £40 million bid, the decision was made, in conjunction with Fabinho, to remove the player from the team that boarded the plane for Germany on Saturday.
However, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a member of the team’s tour squad due to Al-Ettifaq, a team owned by Steven Gerrard. The Saudi team has not yet made a formal proposal for the English midfielder, who won’t be sold for a low price. As the midfielder considers his options, Al-Ettifaq is waiting for Henderson to give them the go-ahead to submit a formal bid to Liverpool.
The Saudi Pro League team, now under the direction of former Liverpool captain Gerrard, is so eager to sign the England international that they have offered a salary more than triple that of £200,000 a week. The idea of a two-year deal with a third-year option has been floated.
Henderson’s contract has two years left, and Al-Ettifaq is willing to pay whatever transfer fees are necessary to sign him. Between the two teams, there hasn’t been any formal or informal communication, which suggests that Liverpool’s captain hasn’t yet made a decision. Henderson is believed to first clarify his anticipated participation level for the next campaign with Jurgen Klopp.
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