Daily Mail

Portugal’s Fabio raid

- By SAMI MOKBEL

ENGLAND are facing a battle to keep hold of Fulham forward Fabio Carvalho as Portugal plot a move to secure the 19-year-old’s future. Sportsmail understand­s the Portuguese FA have been monitoring Carvalho (right) since last season, hopeful they can persuade him to switch allegiance, and could fasttrack the Fulham academy graduate into their Under 21 set-up to bag his long-term services. Carvalho, who was born in Portugal and started his career at Benfica, has so far represente­d England up to Under 18 level. The FA are keen to tie him down given his undoubted ability, but the lure of playing for his homeland could be appealing to Carvalho.

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