In Focus: Man United still want Fabinho

According to The Independent, Manchester United are still interested in signing AS Monaco’s Fabinho this summer, despite closing on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.

What’s the story?

Man United are said to be closing on the £40m capture of Matic, with the Serbian expected to join the Red Devils on a long-term deal before the end of the week.

It had been thought that the impending arrival of Matic would end the club’s reported interest in Fabinho, but according to The Independent, the Brazilian is still a target for Mourinho.

Despite being considered as mainly a defensive player, Fabinho scored nine times for Monaco during their title-winning 2016-17 Ligue 1 campaign, while he also netted once and provided three assists in the club’s run to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Swedish international Victor Lindelof has already arrived from Benfica to boost Mourinho’s defensive options, and following the arrival of Matic, it had been thought that the Man United boss would switch his attention to a new winger and centre-forward.

Fabinho, however, appears to be still on the club’s list of targets ahead of the new season.

Where would Fabinho play?

Fabinho, who is rated at £21m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has previously played a lot of football at right-back, but he hardly featured in that position for Monaco during the 2016-17 season.

In fact, 37 of his appearances last term came in central midfield, and a return of 10 goals from 37 matches is an indication of what he would bring to the 20-time English champions.

Antonio Valencia was one of Man United’s best performers last season, however, suggesting that right-back would not be the position for Fabinho, should he arrive.

Valencia had to be rested on a number of occasions in the latter stages of the 2016-17 campaign, however, and according to The Independent, Mourinho sees Fabinho as a player that could operate in a number of positions across the field.

At 23, Fabinho certainly has his best years ahead of him, and adding a player with such natural athleticism, and the frame to play in the Premier League, appears to be a no-brainer for Mourinho as he builds a squad capable of reclaiming the English championship.

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