Saturday 19 August 2017

Manchester United have a 'rough agreement' in place to sign Monaco star - report

Jose Mourinho is gearing up for a big summer
Jose Mourinho is gearing up for a big summer
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign Monaco star Fabinho, according to a report in Italy’s Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

United have been strongly linked with the full-back/defensive midfielder who made a huge impression during Monaco’s run to last season’s Champions League semi-finals, yet recent reports suggested Old Trafford chiefs were no longer pursuing the 23-year-old Brazilian.

The Corriere dello Sport report claims United have a ‘rough agreement’ with Monaco to sign Fabinho for €35m, yet there has been no comment from either club on the story.

Reports of United’s efforts to sign Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic have been spinning on the transfer rumour mill in recent days, with manager Jose Mourinho keen to find a player who can eventually succeed Michael Carrick at the heart of his midfield line-up.

Yet this latest reports may suggest United transfer chiefs may still be striving to sign Fabinho, who has also been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City in recent weeks.

He has also been strongly linked with a move to Juventus, but the financial power of England’s Premier League clubs may give them an edge over their European rivals in the race to sign the top talent this summer.

United have already spent £30.7m to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof this summer and are believed to be pursuing bids to capture Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

Yet a deal to sign Fabinho would be something of a coup for United in what is a crowded and competitive market for one of Europe’s most wanted players.

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