Fabinho has confirmed that he never received an official offer from Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho had made a central midfielder his top priority last summer, as the Portuguese boss wanted to find a suitable player who would allow Paul Pogba play a much freer role in the middle of the park.
Multiple sources revealed that Manchester United had made offers for Monaco’s Fabinho, but the supposed interest seemingly cooled down in subsequent weeks.
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In an interview with FourFourTwo, the Brazilian midfielder has now revealed that Manchester United never made a formal offer for him. He confirmed that there was some contact, but nothing went forward.
“I was never close to signing for Manchester United, no. I heard things said about it, but the truth is it was never a strong possibility,” he revealed. “I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was never an official offer from United.”
Liverpool have improved their midfield significantly this summer. Naby Keita completed his move from RB Leipzig after agreeing to terms before the start of last season. The Reds were also the first team from the Big 6 to make a signing this summer, as they completed a move for Fabinho.
The Brazilian midfielder, who also plays as right-back, played a significant role in Monaco‘s 16/17 campaign.
His performances helped his side win their first Ligue 1 title after a gap of 17 years, and they also made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Fabinho has made 233 appearances for Monaco, scoring 31 goals.
In the interview, Fabinho also spoke about his reason to leave Monaco, by adding: “I was sad to leave Monaco, a club that gave me a lot of great moments, but in football sometimes you need new challenges and I thought it was time to move on.”