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Fabinho not a Manchester United target according to Marcotti

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not interested in signing AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho as there is another target which the Portuguese manager thinks is attainable, Tottenham Hotspur defensive midfielder Eric Dier. ESPN FC reporter Gabriele Marcotti suggested this was the case in a report published on Tuesday. We wrote an article at the end of April about Dier, a reported target for Mourinho back then, discussing the various reports and the likelihood of a deal being conducted as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not an easy guy to do business with. Marcotti said:

“Fabinho is a guy that they as a club wanted to hang on to. Equally, Fabinho’s people who have close ties to the Manchester United manager, of course, they view things a little differently.

“They’ve been pushing quite aggressively last summer, in the January transfer window.

“I’ve been led to believe that United had other priorities, other top targets in that defensive midfield position, among them of course Eric Dier.”

Eric Dier is English, which is believed to be the core that Mourinho would like to build at United, which would suggest the interest in the Spurs midfielder. Whilst Fabinho would be a great addition to have at United this summer, he seems to be a player who is on the radar of the club, but merely a secondary option if primary options fail, so there could be a chance he would roll up at Old Trafford before the closure of the transfer window, but I would envisage that Mourinho would like to have his business conducted before pre-season starts, especially before the UEFA Super Cup, which will be the last match before United open their Premier League season at Old Trafford against West Ham United.

Dier is a decent player, up and coming and his last two seasons at Spurs have been good with them challenging for Premier League glory, which was more of a target last season with Spurs finishing second to champions Chelsea, but they gave it their best shot, coming unstuck towards the end of the season with Chelsea winning the Premier League title with two matches remaining. Mourinho should be trusted. Each year many supporters become attached to players who are not yet players of the club. Antoine Griezmann is a player who many United supporters adopted a liking for, and he won’t be a United player this summer, maybe not next summer either if other targets become available and the club move for them. Loyalty could have ended Griezmann’s chance to play for Manchester United.

Fabinho is a player who would offer United something, but already there are supporters attached to the player, and again, two years after he was linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams, a move may not become an actuality once again. I am sure Mourinho has everything planned to the point whereby his pre-season training routine before heading to the United States of America would be complete, just a case of having the players he wanted to rebuild a club who have risen from the club they become after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, winning more trophies in the past season than they had in the previous three seasons. Whoever Mourinho brings into the club this summer, we need to get behind them and the manager as he knows what he is doing. Currently United are still interested in Alvaro Morata, a player Real Madrid are demanding more than £70 million for and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, again a player the club want more money than is currently on offer.

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