Manchester United don’t look like they are done with the transfer window just yet, as they look to reinforce their defence by signing a defender.
Among the many defenders linked to sign for the Old Trafford giants, the favourite target seems to be Southampton captain Jose Fonte.
The 32-year-old has a substantial amount of Premier League experience under his belt, and it won’t be a financial strain for the Red Devils to sign him.
Fonte started his professional career with Sporting B, moving to England with Crystal Palace in 2007. On 9th January, 2010, he moved to Southampton for a fee believed to be around the region of £1.2 million, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Since then, he has made over 250 appearances for the club across all competitions, whilst also helping them gain promotion twice.
A Portuguese international since age 30, Fonte was part of the squad at Euro 2016, winning the tournament.
Unfortunately for José Mourinho, Fonte has signed a contract extension with the Saints, doubling his wages in the process.
According to England based media outlet Daily Mirror, Fonte’s wages have increased from £45k per week to £70k per week after signing the extension.
Southampton manager Claude Puel revealed in a recent interview that Jose Fonte decided to stay at Southampton after rejecting an approach from the Red Devils.
He said: “The situation of Jose is now finished and he is back to normal. Jose is now concentrating just on his football and his team. He had a good discussion with the director of football, with the chairman and now everything is all OK.
“For Jose it was important for us, for me, to keep him in the squad because he is a good personality, a good professional and has good leadership qualities. It was important to listen to Jose and understand his position and have time to speak – but now is the time to play and there is no problem with this.”