Manchester United are keen on striking a deal for the Monaco full-back Fabinho before the close of the transfer window this summer.
Fabinho has been a long-term target for Manchester United, ever since the days of Louis van Gaal.
The Manchester Evening News report that a move for the 22-year-old should not be ruled out just yet, as anything can happen on deadline day.
Speculation hit an all-time high when the player’s wife began following Manchester United on social media, linking the player with the club.
Fabinho himself refused to rule out a potential move away from the club, but the player did mention that he would prefer to play in the Champions League – a competition Manchester United failed to qualify for last season.
The 22-year-old spoke with French news outlet L’Equipe: “With the Champions League, it’s not bad staying at Monaco. I’m not certain of staying, but at the same time, there’s more of a chance of me staying than leaving.”
Fabinho is assumed to be a replacement for Matteo Darmian, as the Italian faces the axe from Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United are also believed be in a battle with Bastian Schweinsteiger, after the German refused a transfer to Sporting Lisbon.
The German captain stood by his decision of making Manchester United his last European club – a move which is believed to have angered Jose Mourinho.
Reports from England also claim that Manchester United offered to pay a portion of Schweinsteiger’s wages at Sporting Lisbon, but the German is adamant that he will stay in Manchester.
Marcos Rojo is another player who has an unclear future under Jose Mourinho. The Argentine was believed to be on his way to the Spanish La Liga, but reports claim that Mourinho rejected the transfer approach as he sees a place for Rojo in his squad.