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President in London to seal Fabinho deal
Al-Ittihad’s president has reportedly flown into London to seal Fabinho’s transfer from Liverpool.
The midfielder has been waiting for the deal to be completed, having been left behind by Jürgen Klopp for the club’s training camp in Germany after a $51m (£40m/€46m) offer was received (as per The Athletic).
A report from Saudi Arabia (via the ECHO) on Sunday though claimed the move was under threat due to legislation on the import of certain breeds of animal into the Gulf state.
Fabinho owns two French bulldogs, and it was suggested the 29-year-old was seeking ‘clarity’ over the situation, with a leaking document on social media suggesting certain dogs are only allowed to enter the country if they are used for hunting, serve as a guard dog or if they are seeing dogs for the blind.
Fabrizio Romano though claims the president of Al-Ittihad is in London in order to complete the deal with Fabinho. Talks are said to be at the final stages, but there are some details to sort with Liverpool.
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The Saudi club is hoping to get the deal over the line quickly without any last-minute hijacks, with Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg recently reporting Bayern Munich is monitoring the midfielder’s situation.
Liverpool 'preparing' Cheick Doucouré bid
Liverpool is willing to offer $78m (£61m/€70m) for Crystal Palace midfielder Cheick Doucouré, according to reports in Spain.
The Mali international has emerged as a potential replacement for Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in recent days, with the Daily Mail claiming the Reds are about to step up their interest with Palace demanding $90m (£70m/€81m).
Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea are also said to be in the hunt for Doucouré, although the Reds are said to hold the advantage as they prepare to make a bid.