Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has ordered the club to force through a £40.6m deal for Monaco midfielder Fabinho as he looks for one last signing before the transfer window closes, according to a report on the Express.
A move for Fabinho seemed off the cards after United secured the signing of defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic from Premier League rivals Chelsea, but Fabinho is still a target for Mourinho but for a very different reason.
Mourinho is targeting Fabinho to play in a right-back position after the manager openly said that the Red Devils wanted to add a wide-player. 23-year-old Fabinho has played in a right-back position before and can compete for a place with Antonio Valencia as well as deputising in midfield whenever needed.
The move makes sense as Fabinho is still young and in a few years he can become the main defensive midfielder and with United competing in every competition this season, the versatile Fabinho will be very valuable.
Monaco will prove to be stubborn to break down as they claim that they are not going to sell any of their main players anymore. However, Mourinho is hopeful that a £40.6m offer will be too good to refuse. The Red Devils had attempted to sign Fabinho earlier in the transfer window to play as the holding midfielder but ended up signing Matic, who has made a good impression as a United player already.
The Brazilian was one of the key players for Monaco last season on their road to the Ligue 1 title. It is likely that Mourinho wants Fabinho to compete for a position with Antonio Valencia and Fabinho can also play on the right side of a back three should Mourinho alter his formation.
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