Fabinho tempted by move to Manchester United

AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho has stated that he would be tempted with a move to Manchester United this summer, should manager Jose Mourinho be interested in signing the player, which may not be the case despite reports suggesting differently over the last few days. The 23-year-old midfielder, who can also play in the right-back position and as a full back should he need to be was one of the stars behind the resurgence of Monaco last season being an important player in their race to lift the Ligue 1 trophy and earn a semi-final place in the UEFA Champions League. Fabinho already seems to be loved by United supporters with many wondering why Mourinho has not made a move for the player, seemingly opting for Nemanja Matic of Chelsea instead, say the reports.

Fabinho was last linked to United two years ago with the manager at the time, Louis van Gaal opting to sign Matteo Darmian for the right-back position, a place the Italian has now lost with Antonio Valencia being resurgent in the role, being one of the most improved players at the club last season under Mourinho. Fabinho is a player who is known to Mourinho, spending some time at Real Madrid on loan whilst the Portuguese was the manager at the Santiago Bernabeu giving the Brazilian his debut for the club at the end of the 2012/13 season in a 6-2 victory over Malaga. The link to Jorge Mendes, the agent of the player and Mourinho could hold a key to the transfer, but Mourinho would need to at least be interested in the player.

In an interview which was broadcast live on Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo earlier today, Fabinho was asked if he would be keen on signing for Manchester United this summer, should the club be interested in bringing him from Monaco, to which he replied:

“It’s a tempting invitation. I would first talk to my agent, Monaco too, to decide everything right. But it’s a great club, sure enough, I would think well about it.”

Fabinho would be considered a good fit at United, at 23 he has experienced a lot and still has a lot to learn. He is tipped to be a rising star in the game, which he has done at the principality club, especially as he was moved into a midfield role, one which he has adapted well to. Seeing that United need to strength in the centre of midfield is another no brainer with the player able to play in the Michael Carrick role, shielding the back four which would release both Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera to play their roles more effectively next season. Fabinho played 37 matches in the Ligue 1 last season, scoring nine goals, creating 33 chances for his teammates, his shot accuracy was high at 72%, which for a player like his is brilliant also helping maintain possession with 84% of his passes reaching a teammate.

Fabinho would offer United something extra, cementing the midfield a little more, also bringing some experience with him, most recently playing to his potential in the UEFA Champions League, a competition United will be back in next season. Nemanja Matic reportedly seems to be the player Mourinho is after, with The Sun suggesting the player had agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club, which has since been challenged by other sources. Fabinho would be a great coup for United, his youth strengthening any fee which would be paid by United, which yesterday was €35 million and a further €5 million in add-ons. One thing is for sure, there is not a lot of time before United embark on their pre-season tour, which seems to be the time Mourinho would want most, if not all, of his summer signings to be in place.

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