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Barcelona To Rival Liverpool For This Championship Playmaker: Good Choice For Xavi?

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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Barcelona are set to rival Liverpool for Fulham playmaker Fabio Carvalho who has got less than six months left to run in his contract at Craven Cottage. It is understood that the Catalans are eyeing a Bosman move to acquire the services of the English talent when he becomes a free agent next summer.

Carvalho’s Impressive Run Of Form In The Championship This Season

Carvalho has enjoyed a brilliant campaign with the Cottagers so far after producing several eye-catching displays as an influential member of their attack. The 19-year-old has registered seven goals and four assists in 19 matches for the London outfit this season on all fronts.

The Portugal-born sensation has been a consistent performer for Fulham in the attacking end of the field as he is averaging 2.1 shots, 1.8 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half based on his pass completion rate of 81.2% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 18: Marco Silva, Manager of Fulham and Fabio Carvalho of Fulham interact following their victory in the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage on January 18, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Is Carvalho A Good Choice For Barcelona?

Carvalho is a technically gifted footballer who can make some intelligent runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty box. He has got the vision to play a decisive pass in the attacking end of the pitch and is slowly transforming himself into a decent finisher in front of the opposition goal.

At the tender age of 19, the English youngster has already begun to prove his worth as one of the best players in the English Championship. Therefore, it makes sense for Barcelona to try and snap him up on a free transfer at the end of this campaign.

Carvalho is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot in Xavi‘s first-team and has the potential to become a future star at the Nou Camp. He will add more goals and creativity to the Barca attack. With all things considered, the Fulham whizkid will be a decent choice for the Catalan giants to pursue in the summer as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in Spanish football.

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