Brazilian defender Fabio has been strongly linked with a transfer away from Middlesbrough over the last few weeks, and Nantes are reportedly closing on a deal.
The 28-year-old, who played 56 times for Manchester United between 2008 and 2014, joined Boro from Cardiff City in the summer of 2016.
The versatile defender played 25 times during Boro’s 2016-17 Premier League season, but he featured in less than half of the club’s Championship games last term.
Speculation linking the two-time Brazil international with a move from the Riverside Stadium is refusing to go away, and the Boro supporters have been airing their views on social media.
There is usually a split when it comes to transfer speculation of this kind, but a large number of the Boro supporters are desperate to keep the 5ft 8in ace ahead of the new campaign.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Boro fans can be seen below:
Rather have Fabio than friend
— Kev Doolan (@kevdoolan) July 13, 2018
DO NOT SELL. Best full-back at the club
— Michael Daggett (@mdagg8) July 13, 2018
— anthony townsend (@townsend1979) July 13, 2018
I will be sorry to see him go if it’s true ?
— Elizabeth Bowes (@BowesElizabeth1) July 13, 2018
Not sure why we don’t value him, great player
— Jason McBride (@mcbrideBoro) July 13, 2018
Good luck Fabio I wouldn’t sell him best full back at the Boro and plays 100% passion for the club
— Brian Holmes (@Brianholmes1958) July 13, 2018
Sell friend instead
— trevor lancaster (@trevorlancaste2) July 13, 2018
You can’t leave fabio my son thinks your awesome
— Wendytheshopkeeper (@Wendytheshopke1) July 13, 2018