Sunday 21 January 2018

Reports: Paul Pogba might not be Man United's only signing in the coming days

Man United are reportedly interested in Fabinho of Monaco
Man United are reportedly interested in Fabinho of Monaco

Jack De Menezes

United are said to be closing in on the signing of Monaco right-back Fabinho, according to Brazilian news outlet Globoesporte.

The 22-year-old emerged as a transfer target earlier this month, and with United’s options at right-back proving far from convincing following Matteo Darmian’s injury-hit debut season and Antonio Valencia’s preference to play further forward, it appears Mourinho could launch a move for a fifth new signing this summer – providing Pogba completes his move as Mourinho’s fourth “pivotal” signing.

A move for Paul Pogba continues to remain on hold despite reports of an agreement being reached between all parties on Friday, with the midfielder’s agent denying that everything was in place to see Pogba leave Juventus in a world record transfer.

United will pay around £112m to sign Pogba, four years after allowing him to leave for just £800,000 when former manager Sir Alex Ferguson fell out with agent Mino Raiola. The deal, reported by the Daily Mail to have been completed, will see United pay Juventus £92m and Raiola £20m, with the Serie A champions stumping up the additional £4m to cover the tax costs in paying Raiola.

However, it’s added that the deal will be announced at £84.3m, just shy of the world record £86m that Real Madrid paid Tottenham to sign Gareth Bale in 2013, in order to meet Italian tax laws.

Independent News Service

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