Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur admit defeat in race for Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho
According to The Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur are ‘resigned to losing out’ on Fulham wonderkid Fabio Carvalho in the summer, as they are said to be well behind in the transfer race to sign the player.
Carvalho has been tearing it up in the Championship with Fulham this season, with the teenager impressing with his attacking performances. The London club is aiming to win promotion back into the Premier League next season.
The winger was close to moving to Liverpool in January during the winter transfer window, but the move eventually broke down before the deadline. Spurs were looking to make the most of this in the summer, but it now seems that they have admitted defeat in signing Carvalho.
It is said that rival London clubs Arsenal and West Ham have also been keeping an eye on the player, but it now looks like Liverpool and Manchester United are leading the race to sign the starlet.
Free agent in the summer
Carvalho is out of contract in June, which means that the player is available for free to interested clubs in the summer. This would have made for a great opportunity for Tottenham to grab the chance to sign a talented forward to their squad and bolster their attacking unit.
Having scored eight goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season, the winger means serious business in the Championship and it is exactly this attacking output that has got top-flight clubs interested in the player.
Although the chance to sign such a talented forward in the summer seems to have slipped out of Spurs’ fingers, the news about the club giving up on Carvalho may not affect manager Antonio Conte too much.
The Italian already has a young and exciting winger in Dejan Kulusevski from Tottenham’s January transfer business, and the forward repaid the club’s faith in him against Manchester City on Saturday, opening the scoring in the fixture.
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Carvalho is only 19, which means that Conte would need to have developed him as a long-term prospect rather than have him as someone who can make an immediate impact on the team. The manager recently spoke out about needing established players in the club rather than aim for young players, as he wants to win trophies soon.
Despite giving up on Carvalho in the summer, Spurs will need to back Conte ahead of the new campaign and give him players that he can work with to bring immediate success to Tottenham. A possible way to guarantee this is by signing established and experienced stars rather than looking at up-and-coming starlets.