Manchester United have been pursuing Brazilian right-back Fabinho since last summer. But now, according to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, the Red Devils have restarted talks with Monaco for a transfer again.
They will, however, have to enter a bidding war with Atletico Madrid. The Madrid-based giants have opened negotiations from their own end to acquire the 24-year-old.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted that Atletico are interested in Fabinho, while also claiming that other key players could also leave the club this summer.
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Fabinho was linked with Paris Saint-Germain as well, and Vasilyev has now revealed that Monaco will sell the Brazilian should they receive a suitable bid in the close season.
The vice-president stated: “We owe this kid because he’s been here four years and it’s been promised to him. But we have to wait for the right offer because we’ll never let a player leave if the offer isn’t satisfactory for Monaco. Atletico are not the only club who have shown an interest.”
More major departures are expected at Monaco, who finished second in Ligue 1 this season after being dethroned as French champions by PSG.
Man United are reportedly interested in full-back Djibril Sidibe as well, but Vasilyev said that the 25-year-old is unlikely to consider a transfer until he returns from World Cup duty with France.
“There is interest in him,” Vasilyev added. “I’ve heard [the Manchester United rumour] talked about. But we don’t have anything concrete on the table.
“There are really a good few clubs circling around him. I think in his case, too, we have to wait for the World Cup. I don’t think it’s the time to talk about a transfer before the World Cup.”
Fabinho, on the other hand, is having a free offseason this summer after missing the cut from the Brazilian team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Negotiations for him have the potential to bear fruition soon.