Manchester United are reportedly set to revive their bid to sign Monaco right-back Fabinho after the Brazilian helped the French side qualify for the Champions League.
The 22-year-old scored in his side’s win over Villarreal on Tuesday to secure a 3-1 aggregate win, and the Ligue 1 outfit will now have to face the possibility that he will leave.
According to The Sun, a deal was in place between the two clubs to allow Fabinho to leave Monaco provided that they qualified for Europe’s premier competition.
Having been initially quoted a £22m price-tag, United were forced to cool their interest, but it appears as though Monaco are now ready to negotiate and will consider a lesser fee.
Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the Brazil international after signing him during his time at Real Madrid, and so he evidently knows what he is capable of offering to the United squad.
The Portuguese tactician has started the Premier League campaign with Antonio Valencia at right-back, but unsurprisingly, he would prefer to have a player who’s natural role is that position.
It remains to be seen whether or not a deal is struck between the two clubs, as the United boss is clearly keen on adding the final pieces to the puzzle ahead of the deadline with the focus on his defence.
Having already spent significantly this summer on the likes of Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly, it’s unclear at this point if he has the blessing of the United hierarchy to continue his summer splurge without trimming the squad first.
The Red Devils have won three successive games to start the season, and perhaps now is the time to put all the pieces in place to give Mourinho the best possible chance of taking them back to the top of English football this year.