Manchester United ‘very close’ to reaching summer agreement for £45m-rated star

Manchester United are reported to have stepped up their efforts to sign AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho. The Brazil international has been on the club’s radar since the summer of 2016, and Jose Mourinho appears keen on sorting out a move at the earliest opportunity amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Gianluca Dimarzio, the Red Devils have already begun negotiations over a proposed summer move for the 24-year-old, who is comfortably operating in the central midfield and right-back positions.

The report goes on to suggest that Fabinho could cost a fee of around £45m in the summer, and Mourinho considers the sum as a potential bargain, given the player can seamlessly slot between his roles.

Mourinho has highlighted the need for a new midfielder with United set to lose Michael Carrick through retirement whilst Maroaune Fellaini could be another possible departure with his contract expiring in five months’ time.

Meanwhile, the club are also looking into a long-term replacement for standing captain Antonio Valencia at right-back, and Fabinho could potentially slot into the role, having started his initial career in defence.

Fabinho had been tipped to pursue a fresh challenge during the summer of 2017, but his exit was seemingly blocked by AS Monaco, who were reluctant to lose further players after the departures of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko, all of whom were significant to their Ligue 1 triumph.

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