Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly prepared to make a bid of around £52 million for Monaco midfielder Fabinho, according to the Express.
Fabinho was an important part of the Ligue 1 winning Monaco side last season and due to his exploits in France over the years, he is currently among the most coveted midfielders in the world.
As a result, many top clubs are believed to be interested in the 23-year-old midfielder and claims have been made recently that Manchester United and PSG are currently leading the race to sign the talented enforcer.
Fabinho displayed incredible passing ability and vision on the ball as well as great positional discipline for Monaco last season and he will surely be an ideal replacement for the veteran midfielder Michael Carrick, if he were to join Manchester United.
The United captain is into the final year of his contract and looks set to exit from Old Trafford after his contract expires at the end of the current season. This situation means that United will need to sign a replacement for Carrick in the near future to give the player adequate time to integrate into Jose Mourinho’s plans.
Fabinho would surely be a good fit but it will be difficult for Manchester United to lure the young midfielder away from Monaco in January as they lost the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko during the recent summer window and the defending Ligue 1 champions are now intent on keeping hold of their prized midfielder.
That said, United might just be able to change Monaco’s stance on Fabinho by making an offer that the French Champions cannot refuse – which is believed to be in the region of around £52 million.
At the age of 23, Fabinho is still very young and this fact along with his wonderful talent means that spending around £52 million might be a worthwhile investment for United heading into the future.