Why Fabri would be an excellent addition to the Fulham side
As per reports, Fulham are close to agreeing on a deal with Besiktas to sign goalkeeper Fabricio Ramirez, known as Fabri.
Fabri, 30, has spent the past two seasons in the Turkish Super Lig and kept 12 clean sheets in 34 league games last term. The Spaniard is reportedly wanted by the Cottagers to provide competition for Marcus Bettinelli following David Button’s move to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic pulled off a double transfer coup by landing Nice duo Jean-Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand earlier this month. The Serb has now turned to add Fabri to his squad as he prepares for the west Londoners’ top-flight return.
Following David Button’s departure, it was important for Fulham to bring in a new goalkeeper to provide competition for the young Marcus Bettinelli at Craven Cottage.
Bettinelli impressed last season and made the first-choice spot his own after ousting Button between the sticks about halfway through the season.
And Jokanovic has done well to bring competition to Bettinelli as the Cottagers close in on Fabri. The former Spain Under-20 international began his senior career with Deportivo La Coruna. He went on to play for Valladolid, Recreativo and Real Betis before rejoining the Coruna outfit in 2013.
The Spaniard has been playing his football in Istanbul since joining from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna in 2016.
The 6ft 1in shot-stopper has proven to be an inspirational figure for Besiktas, winning the Super Lig title in 2017 and starring in the Champions League as the Istanbul giants reached the knockout stages last season, only to be harshly beaten by Bayern Munich.
Fulham have shown remarkable ambition this summer for a newly-promoted side and the potential addition of Fabri goes on to speak volumes. The 30-year-old is a quality goalkeeper and would bring a wealth of experience at Craven Cottage.
He would be the ideal man to mentor the 26-year-old Bettinelli as well as provide competition to him. Having played in Spain and Turkey, Fabri could also walk straight into Fulham’s starting XI next season.
But getting a goalkeeper who has the experience of playing in the Champions League will be a massive coup for the Cottagers. It is such kind of signings that provide the extra boost that is needed before the start of the season.
A leader at the back and a man always seen barking orders to his defenders, Fabri’s addition, indeed, would be a top one.