AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho has admitted he’s considering a move away from the Stade Louis II, citing the new for a “new challenge”, reports ESPN. Manchester United have been linked with his signature, and will be pleased to see the door is open to transfer.
The 24-year-old joined the Ligue 1 side from Portuguese outfit Rio Ave in 2015, and has gone on to make more than 200 appearances for Monaco. He won the Ligue 1 title last season, but his side are 12 points off leaders Paris Saint-Germain this campaign.
Fabinho remains an ever-present in the Monaco midfield, having made 21 appearances in the league, but after watching Benjamin Mendy (Monaco to Man City), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG), Bernardo Silva (Monaco to Man City) and Tiemoué Bakayoko (Monaco to Chelsea) leave, he feels he needs to follow in their footsteps.
He told Brazilian outlet Lance!: “If there is something good for me, maybe a league change or a club with a bigger structure, with bigger ambitions, I’d look favourably on that. My story at Monaco has been good, I managed to win a title so I think my cycle here may be ending.
“I know the vision of the club is to stay in second place and win a spot in the Champions League and not sign players, but launch youngsters. I feel I have been through this project: I arrived as an unknown, made my name at the club and won things, so maybe I need something new to have new challenges.”
Although Fabinho came close to joining Paris Saint-Germain last summer, Manchester United are reportedly the frontrunners now, with Arsenal having also been linked with the Brazilian international. He’s publicly stated his admiration for United, so the ball is in the Red Devils’ court if they want him.
Manager Jose Mourinho has been looking at midfielders this month, as Marouane Fellaini could be leaving at the end of his contract in the summer, while Michael Carrick is expected to retire, but no official approach has been made for Fabinho.