Manchester United Transfer News: Fabinho Looking to Force Move in Latest Rumours

Alex Keble@alexkebleFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2018

Monaco's Fabio Henrique Tavares Fabinho, left, challenges for the ball with Lille's Youssouf Kone during a League One soccer match between Monaco and Lille, at the Louis II stadium, in Monaco, Sunday, May, 14 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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Monaco midfielder Fabinho hopes to move to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United this summer, although the Brazil international would cost the club £55 million, per Warren Haughton of The Sun (h/t TalkSport).

Fabinho is reportedly ready to leave Monaco after five successful years at the club, and there is likely to be a place for him at United. Mourinho needs reinforcements in central midfield, with Michael Carrick retiring, Marouane Fellaini's contract set to expire and Paul Pogba's future uncertain, as TalkSport noted.

Fabinho has been instrumental again this season for Monaco, although they have been unable to hit the heights of last term, during which reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and won the Ligue 1 title. A mass exodus last summer left Fabinho as arguably the only star player left from the 2016-17 campaign.

It is no surprise, then, that Fabinho is keen on making the next step, with United reportedly his preferred option.

Back in February, he told Brazilian newspaper Lance (h/t James Cambridge for the Daily Express): "My time with Monaco was good, but I feel my time here is coming to an end. I arrived as an unknown, I made my name at the club, won things—but maybe I need a new challenge."

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United are expected to spend heavily again this summer as they look to play catch-up with rivals Manchester City, who are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and can wrap up the title with a victory against United on Saturday.

Mourinho is looking to bring new players to the club over the summer, and he said in December, per Adam Marshall for the club's official website: "To improve our squad in the midfield, we would need to buy two."

Fabinho could be one of those two players. He has made 28 league starts for Monaco this season, scoring six times, and he also appeared in five of their six Champions League matches, impressing once again in both competitions.

Mourinho is likely to be keeping tabs on the player, and the club has already made contact with Fabinho, according to his father, Joao.

"We have talked to Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal...[and] we have even been approached by Barcelona, but it didn't go any further," he told Telefoot last year (h/t Cambridge). "We like Manchester United and the work of Mourinho, but we have a little soft spot for City."

Fabinho's future is far from certain, then, although it seems unlikely the Brazilian will remain a Monaco player for much longer.