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.

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.

Manchester United ‘closing in’ on Fabinho – reports

Manchester United have stepped further forward in their pursuit of AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho this summer according to reports. The Mirror are currently suggesting that United are the favourites to sign the Brazilian midfielder this summer is a deal with could be worth £35 million. The reports come from Italy, which could be something to be suspicious of with Corriere dello Sport making the claims of the possible deal. It was stated only last week that United manager Jose Mourinho was not interested in signing the Brazilian, who can also play in the right-back role, giving United some depth should cover be needed to Antonio Valencia next season, which will be needed to rest the player – keeping him fresh throughout the season.

Fabinho was one of the star players in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title-winning season, putting pressure on Paris Saint-German who did not seem to be the same team after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club for United last July. Monaco had a great season with the likes of Fabinho, Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Thomas Lemar, not to mention Radamel Falcao with the club making the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Fabinho could offer something different for Jose Mourinho, not only fortifying the central defensive midfield role but also filling in at right-back and even as a wing-back should Mourinho require it, meaning he is a player who would offer a lot throughout the season and less predictability for United.

At the start of the summer, Mourinho handed a list of targets to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward which contained the name Victor Lindelof, United’s first signing of the summer coming in from Benfica for around £30.7 million. Nemanja Matic and Eric Dier, as well as Fabinho, were all on the list as were Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, and Andrea Belotti among others. Griezmann is a player United have ended their interest in for this summer or at least cooled which is what has been suggested, keeping that door open should it need to be used. Fabinho would be a great signing as the 23-year-old seems to have a great future ahead of him. He was a target for United two summers ago with Matteo Darmian signing for Louis van Gaal’s side instead.

Juventus and Inter Milan were both credited with an interest in Fabinho, which would have given United some competition, but the player has spoken about Manchester United in the past, seemingly wanting a move to the Theatre of Dreams by all accounts. The fee being reported in Italy is €35 million with an additional €5 million on bonuses. SportWitness have an article about the claims from Italy stating that the guy the reports came from, Davide Russo de Cerame is very confident of the news he has put forward. He is not Gianluca Di Marzio, but he must believe the source he has provided him with the information on the prospective transfer. We shall see what becomes of this news. I remain skeptical but I wait to hear some great news which will make many happy.

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will be looking to get deals across the line before the club embark on the pre-season tour of the United States of America where they will play LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake before taking on Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. United will play a further two pre-season matches; one in Norway against Vålerenga  and another in Dublin against Sampdoria. Before the Premier League season starts with United taking on West Ham United at Old Trafford, the UEFA Super Cup will be contested between United and Real Madrid, the two clubs playing each other for the second time this summer, which could be Mourinho’s first trophy of his second season, which would be a great start.

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.

Manchester United favourites to sign Brazilian midfielder

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking to conduct a lot of business during the summer transfer, aiming to assemble his squad so they can take on the likes of Chelsea for the Premier League title next season. During the past season, United won three trophies, two of them being major honours but in the Premier League, United fell short of the required mark, having chance upon chance of breaking into the top four, failing to take advantage and ending up finishing sixth. The EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League double suggested the season was a success – based on winning trophies, but that winning mentality seemed to fall short in the league. United did, however, qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, sitting outside the elite European competition for the last 18 months, exiting at the group stage in the 2015/16 season, falling into the Europa League, only to be beaten by Liverpool at the quarter-final stage.

Mourinho is thought to have earmarked some key positions to strengthen this summer, one of those being in midfield. United have been linked with many talented players, some bonafide targets and other more wishful thinking. One of those currently being linked is AS Monaco’s Brazilian utilitarian, Fabinho. This summer, Monaco have already lost Bernardo Silva, who signed for Manchester City last week, with Benjamin Mendy and even Kylian Mbappe tipped to leave the principality club this summer, possibly Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is linked to Chelsea currently. This exodus of players could force others out the door and see the club give opportunities to talented youth players, also filling in the voids with their own transfer business as Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans has already put pen to paper to move to the Ligue 1 champions this summer.

Fabinho is reported by The Sun, not the most credible I know, to be signed by Mourinho and United with the Old Trafford club seemingly leading the race to sign the player. United have been linked with the talented Brazilian before, two years ago under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, who was looking to strengthen the right-back position, with Matteo Darmian signing for the club instead and having a great start to his United career, going off the boil a few months later. Darmian now seems to be the main option at left-back, based on the injuries sustained by Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young, who had all played in that position throughout the season. Fabinho would not be a candidate to fill in at right-back now, not with the current form of Antonio Valencia, who was one of the players of the last season for me and his teammates who voted for him to become Manchester United Player’s Player of the Season a few weeks back.

Fabinho is a decent player to have based on his ability to play in a number of positions but breaking through in midfield over the past few seasons seems to show his strengths in the position. The Brazilian was a key part of Monaco’s free-scoring style of play which saw them being crowned as the Ligue 1 champions and into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, falling short to Italian side Juventus, which saw the principality side knocked out 4-1 on aggregate. The midfield seems to still remain a problem for Mourinho’s side who have Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini as the younger members of the team, with Michael Carrick signing a new contract recently and Tim Fosu-Mensah waiting in the wings. Mourinho sanctioned the sale of Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton during the January transfer window and released Bastian Schweinsteiger a month or so later so he could sign for MLS side Chicago Fire as a free agent.

Fabinho would almost certainly add to United’s midfield, giving Mourinho plenty of options, which should set him up for another long season with United looking to use the past season as a starting point in order to bring the success back to the Theatre of Dreams, which much work required, especially in the league in which it has been fours seasons where United have sat outside of the race to the title, achieving a top four position once – during Van Gaal’s debut season at the club. United also retain an interest in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier, but the chances in luring the player away from the clutches of Daniel Levy look remote at best, especially with the future of both Kyle Walker and Danny Rose still up in the air right now. If Fabinho arrived at Old Trafford this summer, he would be an able player from the very start and one who could take over from Carrick when eventually he hangs up his boots.

Fabinho; the versatile Brazilian who would make any team better!

Fabinho has once again been linked with Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window opening and he is a player United could do with. The Brazilian has become a mainstay for AS Monaco during the time he has been at the club, starting as a right-back, which is where United’s first bit of interest came two years ago, but since then, he has been converted into a defensive midfielder and during Monaco’s Ligue 1 title-winning season, he has performed at a high level, showing his talent, especially in the UEFA Champions League, a competition United return to after one and a half seasons out of the competition. This will be a big summer window for United and Jose Mourinho, who will be looking to assemble a team capable of building on this season’s FA Community Shield, EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League winning season. Fabinho would do a job to fortify United’s midfield, allowing Paul Pogba to play his role in midfield unhindered, bringing out the best of him.

What is being reported and by who?

The Sun have reported that Manchester United, Manchester City, and Juventus will all try and sign the Brazilian midfielder, who can also play at right-back this summer. The report suggests a fee as low as £25 million with Monaco rating the player at £30 million, which when you look at transfer fees right now, represents a good deal for a player of his calibre. Fabinho is only 23 with the world at his feet right now. The Express have reported the same claims as The Sun, citing reports in Italy as the source that Juventus will get involved in the transfer battle for one of the best defensive minded midfielders in Europa at this moment in time. This is not the first time The Sun have reported a transfer story about Fabinho though, suggesting that Atletico Madrid were also interested in the player, only a few days before their report about Juventus getting themselves involved in the tussle for the player. Both the Manchester Evening News and The Metro had previously reported United’s interest in Fabinho, the MEN citing him along with Kylian Mbappe were the targets, the Metro suggesting it was Fabinho and Toni Kroos of Real Madrid. Wishful thinking maybe?

What type of player is Fabinho?

Fabinho started as a right-back at Monaco, a position he can still play in, but more recently he has been playing in the defensive central midfield role. This is an area United need to strengthen in after allowing both Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave the club during 2017 and Michael Carrick seemingly out of contract, which could see him retire from the game after his testimonial which will be played at Old Trafford a week on Sunday. Fabinho is contracted to Monaco until the summer of 2021, which will mean any club buying him will have to negotiate a price, which seems to be around the £30 million mark, according to reports at least. Bernardo Silva has signed for Manchester City for €50 million though, so Monaco could charge more for Fabinho, providing there were at least two of three interested clubs, which seems to be the case. Clubs needing a player in the position of Fabinho would be stupid not to look into the option of signing the player and trying to get a deal across the line. Fabinho, 23, have played 55 matches during the past season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions, which is not bad for a defensive midfielder. That being said, Ligue 1 is not one of the most competitive in Europe, so that level may not be the barometer of success he would be expected to churn out each season in a tougher league such as the Premier League.

Likelihood of the transfer?

Juventus seem to head the queue for the player with reports suggesting they will pay for full £30 million valuation for Fabinho, with both United and City looking for a deal at £25 million, according to reports at least. The problem for Juventus seems to be that the player has spoken about his hunger to play in the Premier League. Fabinho was a target for United almost two years ago now with Louis van Gaal having the player scouted, but United instead signing Matteo Darmian for the right-back position. Antonio Valencia stepped up his game to lead in that position with Darmian now playing left-back, a position he seems to be proficient in, some of the time at least. Fabinho’s father has stated that they both like Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, but they have a soft spot for Manchester City, which kind of gives no clue as to the destination for Fabinho this summer. Manchester City have already purchased Bernardo Silva from Monaco and are keen on Benjamin Mendy. Based on the fact Monaco will not want to lose three talented players, especially to the same club, if City sign Mendy too, Fabinho might not be heading to the Etihad. He is a player United could do with, fortifying the midfield in a defensive aspect and playing second fiddle to Antonio Valencia, should he become injured or if he needed to be rested ahead of bigger fixtures.

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