There have been reports linking Manchester United with Brazilian fullback Fabinho since the beginning of the transfer window, and it looks like the deal is close to being materialised.
According to England based media outlet The Sun, the Red Devils must pay Ligue 1 club AS Monaco a fee of £25m for the 22-year-old Brazilian fullback.
With less than one week left for the transfer window to end, the Fabinho to Manchester United rumour has been given a strong boost, as Rebeca Tavares, Fabinho’s wife, has started following Manchester United on Instagram.
Born in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Fabinho began his career at Fluminese. He was called into the first team match-day squad just once, on 20 May 2012, where he remained an unused substitute in their 1–0 win at Corinthians. He soon left the Brazilian club without making a single appearance.
On 8 June 2012, Fabinho joined Portuguese side Rio Ave on a six-year deal. But after spending one month at Rio Ave, Fabinho joined Real Madrid Castilla on a season-long loan deal.
He was given his Real Madrid debut by current Manchester United manager José Mourinho on 8th May, 2013. He came on for Fabio Coentrao and assisted a goal for Angel di Maria.
In the following transfer window, Fabinho joined AS Monaco on loan, where he also spent the next season. And after two seasons on loan at the French outfit, Fabinho signed permanently for the club until 2019.
According to The Sun, Fabinho came close to signing for same city rivals Manchester City two seasons ago.
As per the exclusive posted by the newspaper, a City source revealed: “He was flown into Manchester two seasons ago by City and stayed at Radisson Blu Hotel.
“He spent less than 24 hours in town and watched a game. City backed off after being quoted £25m. Monaco had recently paid £4m for him and player was really keen on the move to Etihad.”
Fabinho recently scored a 90th minute winner against Villareal in the Champions League qualifiers, which helped Monaco qualify for the Champions League.