If reports in Spanish Publication Marca are to be believed, Manchester United are favourites to land Monaco star Fabinho, after Atletico Madrid’s transfer embargo made them ineligible to sign players until the January transfer window.
The Red Devils are believed to be in advanced talks with the Ligue 1 Champions, and are closing in on a £50m deal to bring him to Old Trafford this summer.
The 23-year-old joined Monaco on loan in 2013, and spent two consecutive seasons with the French side before eventually joining them in a permanent deal worth £5.1m in 2015.
Since then, he has progressed by leaps and bounds, and in the 2016/17 season, though Kylian Mbappe’s goals stole the headlines, Fabinho’s contribution from the heart of midfield has been vital for the Ligue 1 side’s recent success.
Fabinho has played 53 games for Monaco in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and chipping in with 4 assists. Owing to his exploits, he has quickly popped up on the radar of several top European clubs, and his father has already confirmed that a summer move is on the cards.
The Brazil international has been linked with Manchester United for many months, as Jose Mourinho is known to be a long-term admirer of the player, who can operate both at full-back and in midfield.
Atletico Madrid were also interested in the versatile starlet, but reports in Marca state that the Spanish club’s transfer embargo has made United the firm favourites to lure Fabinho away from France. He could cost as much as £50m, but the Reds will try to wrap up the deal as quickly as possible in order to avoid losing out to any rivals.
Fabinho could be a perfect addition for Manchester United in the middle of the park alongside Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera, and he could also provide cover at right-back for Antonio Valencia.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
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