Premier League report: Liverpool face competition from Manchester United for Fulham star

Fulham winger Fabio Carvalho celebrates with his fingers to his ears after scoring a goal
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Manchester United (opens in new tab) will reportedly battle arch-rivals Liverpool (opens in new tab) for the signature of Fulham (opens in new tab) winger Fabio Carvalho this summer.

The 19-year-old has shone in the Championship this season, with Fulham leading the way and looking well on course to return to the Premier League under Marco Silva.

Born in Portugal, Carvalho started out with Benfica (opens in new tab) before moving to England with his family in 2013 and joining Fulham from non-League Balham the following year. 

He signed his first professional contract in May 2020, with Academy Director Huw Jennings describing him as (opens in new tab) "an exciting prospect who works very hard and is dedicated to self-improvement".

Carvalho made his senior debut late in the Cottagers' 2020-21 relegation campaign, and scored on his first start against Southampton (opens in new tab).

But he has really made his mark his term, notching eight goals in 23 appearances in all competitions - including the opener in this month's 4-1 FA Cup fourth round defeat away to Manchester City (opens in new tab).

And his dazzling displays attracted the attention of Liverpool, who couldn't get a £5-million deal over the line before the January transfer deadline.

That appears to have opened the door for other clubs, with the Star (opens in new tab) reporting that United are keen on Carvalho - who is out of contract in the summer.

In addition to his exploits for Fulham, Carvalho has represented England up to U18 level. As well as Portugal, he would be eligible to play for East Timor through his descent.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...