West Ham United and Leeds United are reportedly on red alert as Fulham whizkid Fabio Carvalho faces an uncertain future at Craven Cottage.
According to an exclusive report from Daily Mail, Fulham could be on the verge of losing out on one of their most talented youth prospects in Fabio Carvalho. The 18-year-old attacker’s current contract expires at the end of the season, with the player already rejecting a contract extension amid interest from Premier League clubs.
Leeds United, West Ham United are the two top-flight outfits keeping a close eye on Carvalho. FC Porto have also joined the chase for the teenage sensation, even though Fulham are determined to try and tie down him to a new long-term contract.
An attacking midfielder by trade, Carvalho has turned a lot of heads with his performances in the youth competitions. He is a consistent feature in England’s youth setups, although the 18-year-old is also eligible to play for Portugal and Timor Leste. Nevertheless, he is regarded as one of the biggest talents in the country, having already made his breakthrough at Fulham last season.
Indeed, Carvalho was involved in four Premier League matches last season, notably scoring in his starting debut against Southampton. Unfortunately, his team failed to win a single game, but the player made quite an impact with his dynamism and skill in the final third, thus ending the campaign as more or less, a first-team regular for the Cottagers.
And as we head towards the new season, Carvalho is undoubtedly set to play a vital role in Fulham’s bid to get promoted back to the top-flight. But his future now appears to be in doubt, with West Ham and Leeds United prepared to prise him out of Craven Cottage.
The Hammers, in particular, have appeared quite ambitious in the market, most recently joining the race to sign Divock Origi. There is no doubt that David Moyes is keen to shore up his attacking options and signing someone like Carvalho could make sense, as the youngster can serve as a potential replacement for Jesse Lingard.
Leeds United, too, are on the hunt for new attackers after the departure of Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez. The Fulham youngster, in that regard, might be an ideal long-term replacement for Hernandez in the attacking midfield position. He is not the only option, though, with the club also being linked with a move for Tottenham target Mikkel Damsgaard this summer.
Another potential destination for the young Carvalho is FC Porto. But even though the 18-year-old shares Portuguese heritage, a move to Portugal appears unlikely as he has established himself as an Englishman and will be keen on making his breakthrough in the Premier League, sooner or later. It now remains to be seen if a move to either West Ham or Leeds sees the light of the day for the English attacker.