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Liverpool accelerating pursuit of Gabri Veiga as Fabio Carvalho agrees loan move

Liverpool ace Fabio Carvalho is close to joining RB Leipzig on a season-long loan after the parties agreed on a dry loan deal, claims Fabrizio Romano.

The 20-year-old midfielder moved to Anfield from Fulham last summer, but after only making 13 Premier League appearances in 2022/23, he is ready to embark on a new challenge in the Bundesliga.

With Liverpool unprepared to sanction his departure outright nor allow Leipzig to include a buy-out clause in his temporary contract, Carvalho will spend next season at the Red Bull Arena to gain experience.

Jurgen Klopp’s men parted with three more midfielders earlier in the summer as Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner left Merseyside as free agents.

Only Alexis Mac Allister has arrived this summer, leaving the Reds strapped for senior midfield options, especially now that Carvalho is bracing himself for a short-term spell in the Bundesliga.

Homegrown Celta Vigo star Gabri Veiga has drawn attention from Liverpool, but convincing the Spaniards to let their headline performer go will require a substantial financial sacrifice.

Liverpool sent an opening bid to acquire the 21-year-old’s services, but the offer fell on Celta’s deaf ears, according to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo.

Celta, who barely avoided relegation from La Liga last season, are adamant Veiga won’t leave unless someone meets his €40m release clause, a figure the Reds are not ready to pay.

Following a stellar breakthrough season at Balaidos, the Spain U21 international has established himself as one of the hottest young prospects in Europe.

Chelsea and Napoli have already inquired about his availability, with the latter identifying the Spaniard as a potential long-term replacement for Piotr Zielinski, who could leave southern Italy in the coming months.

But Liverpool won’t shy away from the challenge, knowing how desperately they need fresh legs in the engine room following a first failed attempt to qualify for the Champions League in eight years.

Klopp’s side would ideally want to secure a cheaper deal and may rely on the player’s will to force Celta to drop their asking price.

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