Fabinho's latest comments suggest he is keen to move to Manchester United
Monaco midfielder Fabinho has hinted that he would welcome the opportunity to join Manchester United, fuelling rumours that he could be on his way to Old Trafford this summer.
A report in Italy’s Corriere dello Sport newspaper on Wednesday suggested United were close to agreeing a deal to sign the 23-year-old Brazilian who was one of the stars of Monaco’s run to last season’s Champions League semi-finals.
Old Trafford sources had hinted that Fabinho was not one of the first choice players on the transfer list provided by manager Jose Mourinho, yet is clear that he would be interest in a move to United.
Appearing on Brazilian TV show Esporte Inerativo, he smiled when asked about the links to United and went on to issue what many will view as a hint that he is keen to make the move to Old Trafford.
“It’s a tempting invitation,” he stated. “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.”
Even though Michael Carrick has agreed a new deal to extend his enduring United career by another season, Mourinho has been linked with a succession of holding midfielders in recent weeks.
Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Tottenham’s Eric Dier have been mentioned as expensive options for United to chase, with a fee of around €35m being mentioned in the French media as the asking price for Fabinho.
Meanwhile, United are continuing to push for some high profile transfers to be completed before Mourinho’s squad gather for pre-season training, with deals for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic believed to be still under negotiation.
Defender Victor Lindelof is United’s only big-name signing of the summer so far after his €30.7m move from Benfica was confirmed earlier this month.