Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster the flanks and after failing in his pursuit of Paris-Saint Germain’s Serge Aurier, he has told Manchester United hierarchy to sign Monaco star Fabinho instead, according to report.
Mourinho has already signed Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic this summer but the United boss now has signing a wide-man as his top priority as he wants to bolster his squad ahead of the upcoming season.
He had made an attempt to sign Aurier but as per Spanish media outlet Don Balon claims the deal fell through after the Frenchman was refused a work permit for England.
And Mourinho has now shifted his attention to his former player Fabinho. The Brazilian was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the transfer window before it cooled off. But with Aurier’s deal now off, United are ready to move for Fabinho and will reportedly have to part with €45 million.
The French champions have already rejected Atletico Madrid’s €40 million for the 23-year-old but it is believed United are ready to tempt their resolve with a higher offer.
However, Monaco may be reluctant to sell any of their top players again after losing Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer.
Mourinho and Fabinho worked together at Real Madrid and could use that to tempt the player to move to Old Trafford. Fabinho is a versatile player who can play at both the right-back and in the midfield.