According to The Sun, Leeds United target Fabio Carvalho has turned down a new contract at Fulham, and will therefore be available on a free transfer next summer if the two parties cannot agree to a new deal.
The Lowdown: Leeds eye Carvalho
19-year-old Carvalho has impressed since making his debut against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup last year (Transfermarkt). So far this campaign, he has scored three and provided one assist in six matches, although his progressed has been stunted by a toe injury and a positive coronavirus test.
The Latest: Carvalho makes big decision
Now, there has been a big update in the future of the teenager – despite being offered a bumper new contract by the Cottagers, Carvalho has decided to reject it.
It was added Fulham will not make another offer for the attacking midfielder as insiders described the first one as ‘massive’.
Real Madrid are thought to be circling and a January exit is even possible, while a number of Premier League clubs are also interested.
The Verdict: One to watch
Carvalho has been tipped for a big future. Although Fulham were relegated back to the Championship last term, former boss Scott Parker called the player a “shining bright light” (via The Shropshire Star), with him scoring his first senior goal against Southampton, albeit in a 3-1 defeat.
In August, he won the EFL Young Player of the Month award after scoring three times in his first five outings (EFL.com). Even despite the amount of games he has missed this term – 11 in all competitions and nine in the league – only Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored more in the second tier for Fulham (BBC), while only Harry Wilson has managed more than his two key passes per game (WhoScored).
He has lofty ambitions too, previously stating he wants to win the Ballon d’Or in the future (via The Athletic), showing the sort of professional drive that every scout looks for in a young talent.
Would you like to sign Carvalho?
Still so young, he has plenty of time to develop and, under a boss such as Marcelo Bielsa, he could develop into a fine player if Leeds follow up on their interest.
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