Fabinho keen on a switch to Manchester United but are the Old Trafford club interested in him?

AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho is keen on forcing a move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports. The Brazilian has been linked to the Old Trafford club ahead and during each transfer window for the last three seasons now. He’s also strongly been linked to reigning French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who have been tipped to sign him this summer. Last summer, the number of players who left the principality club meant Fabinho remained, seeing the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappe leave the club.

The 24-year-old is said to be determined for Monaco to let him leave the club at the end of the season, with Old Trafford thought to be his preferred destination. United manager Jose Mourinho will be seeking some new midfielders this summer with Michael Carrick set to retire and become a coach at the club and Marouane Fellaini expected to leave the club as a free agent at the end of the season, so far refusing to sign the contract offer which has been on the table for a few months now.

Fabinho would be a good signing, he is experienced and could offer some defensive cover for the side, who have heavily relied on Nemanja Matic this season. This could also see Paul Pogba being given the freedom to express himself, which he has done in stages since he made his return to Manchester United in the summer of 2016. Paris Saint-Germain did try and sign the Brazilian last summer, despite being linked to United, and the Parisian club could attempt to do the same this summer, which is what has been reported by some sources already. Fabinho has said:

“Speaking the truth, I have had no contact with any team and I do not even care at the moment. “I’m concentrating on finishing the season well at Monaco and then, when it’s time, I’ll sit down with the club and if I have to listen to any proposal, we’ll listen.”

Fabinho could be available for a fee of around £55 million, according to The Sun and his current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021, which means Monaco do not need to sell to the team which comes for his first, in fact, I don’t think they will be in a rush to sell him in all honesty as he offers versatility in the fact he can play in midfield and as a right-back, which was the area he played in when he was first linked to United in the summer of 2015, when Louis van Gaal signed Matteo Darmian instead.

United have already been linked with Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Napoli midfielder Jorginho in the last few months, with many midfielders linked to the club heading into the winter transfer window, most of whom have not yet been linked with the club again. Mourinho will need to strengthen his midfield this summer and he could go far worse than Fabinho, who has wanted to play for United for some time now and the supporters seem happy for him to be brought to the Theatre of Dreams.

The question remains though; are Manchester United interested in Fabinho? The fact they have not attempted to sign in over the last few years may suggest they are not but we do not know if the club had made a move, being deflected away by the principality club. Fabinho would be a good bit of business for Mourinho and United and if another midfielder came in too, it could signal a good start to the new season with United actually having a midfield capable of challenging the best of the Premier League and maybe beyond.

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