Manchester United had 2 representatives at St Mary's today to try and finalise their £8m move for Jose Fonte.
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) August 13, 2016
Manchester United have signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba in a massive summer overhaul.
But apparently, United’s shopping spree doesn’t end here. The Red Devils have been linked with a central defender, after already signing Villareal and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly.
According to sources, newly appointed Manchester United manager José Mourinho is interested in signing his compatriot José Fonte.
Fonte started his professional career with Sporting B, moving to England with Crystal Palace in 2007. In 2010, he signed with Southampton, where he has made over 250 appearances across all competitions.
A Portuguese international since age 30, Fonte was part of the squad at Euro 2016, winning the tournament.
Fonte joined Southampton on 9th January, 2010, 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 helped them gain promotion twice.
Southampton began their Premier League campaign with a draw against Watford. Watford scored first and new signing Redmond levelled it for Southampton.
According to certain sources, Manchester United had a couple of representatives at the game. But unfortunately for the United representatives, Jose Fonte was an unused substitute. New gaffer Claude Puel opted for the defensive pairing of Maya Yoshida and Virgil van Dijk.
Manchester United already have Chris Smalling, an injury prone Phil Jones, an error prone Marcos Rojo, makeshift centre-back Daily Blind, and latest acquisition Eric Bailly, who can all play at the heart of defence.
The experience of 32-year-old José Fonte will come extremely handy, considering Bailly’s age and relative inexperience.
Will he get a chance to reunite with former Southampton teammate Luke Shaw at the Theatre of Dreams?