Forget Perisic, Mourinho demands signing of €45m utility man

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly demanded the signing of AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho before this month’s transfer deadline. The Brazil international has been linked with a Red Devils move over the past year, but unfortunately, a deal has failed to materialise.

Fabinho was initially identified as a target for Mourinho last summer, but they could not agree to a transfer fee with Monaco after they spent over £150m on the likes of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

According to Don Balon, Mourinho has turned his attention towards Fabinho after a deal for Serge Aurier collapsed. The Paris Saint-Germain full-back was linked with a £27m move to Old Trafford earlier this month with personal terms said to have been finalised, but a United source has since dismissed the claims.

Fabinho was initially deployed as a right-back with the Principality club, but last season saw him evolve into a central midfielder as he helped Monaco win their first league title in 17 years. Overall, he managed 56 appearances across all competitions, scoring 12 goals in the process.

Mourinho handed Fabinho his Real Madrid debut during a loan spell back in the 2012-13 season, and the player is open to the prospect of reuniting Special One this summer. Given his versatility, Fabinho could act as the perfect backup option to Antonio Valencia at right wing-back, but Manchester United will have to offer at least €45m in order to push through a summer deal.

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