Liverpool midfielder Fabinho’s highly anticipated move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad is under threat due to an unexpected issue surrounding the import of certain dog breeds into the country. Fabinho, who is a proud owner of two French Bulldogs, is currently seeking clarity on whether he will be allowed to bring his beloved pets with him to Saudi Arabia.
According to a leaked Saudi Arabian document, only specific dog breeds such as hunting dogs, guard dogs, or seeing-eye dogs are permitted in the country. Fabinho’s French Bulldogs, unfortunately, do not fall into any of these categories. This revelation has raised concerns and cast doubt over the completion of the midfielder’s transfer.
However, recent reports suggest that the president of Al-Ittihad has taken matters into his own hands and traveled to London to personally oversee the finalization of the deal. This unexpected turn of events has given hope that the transfer may still go ahead, despite the unusual obstacle standing in its way.
Fabinho, who joined Liverpool in 2018 in a £43.7 million deal, has been an integral part of the team’s success under the management of Jurgen Klopp. Since his arrival at Anfield, the midfielder has played a key role in helping the club claim several prestigious trophies.
Intriguingly, Klopp has maintained a tight-lipped stance on Fabinho’s potential move and has also refrained from commenting on the rumored transfer of captain Jordan Henderson to Al-Ittihad’s league rivals, Al-Ettifaq. The Liverpool manager has emphasized that he will only discuss these transfers once they have been officially finalized.
As fans eagerly await news regarding Fabinho’s future and the potential departure of Henderson, all eyes are on Saudi Arabia and whether the legislation surrounding dog imports will ultimately put an end to this high-profile transfer. The footballing world remains on standby as the president of Al-Ittihad’s visit to London could potentially provide a breakthrough in resolving the unusual hurdle that stands in the way of Fabinho’s move.
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