Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho closing in on reunion with Brazilian ace to shore up defence

Manchester United are reportedly edging closer to securing a deal to sign Monaco right-back Fabinho, offering him a reunion with Jose Mourinho.

The 22-year-old previously worked with the Portuguese tactician at Real Madrid, albeit being limited to the ‘B’ team before Carlo Ancelotti opted to move him on to Monaco on a loan deal when he replaced the ‘Special One’.

However, according to globeesporte, it appears as though the United boss wants a second stint together as he looks to strengthen his options at right-back.

The Brazilian international made 47 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring eight goals and providing five assists to further gain the attention of the top clubs from around Europe.

While it appears to be leading to a big move for him, it remains to be seen what it means for the future of Matteo Darmian at Old Trafford.

The versatile Italian full-back arrived at United last summer, and went on to make 28 appearances in the Premier League.

However, injuries and a loss of form have ultimately raised question marks about him, as he has been unable to show the level of consistency that he displayed at Torino prior to his switch to England.

If Fabinho does arrive in Manchester, it suggests that Mourinho will be willing to let the Italian international move on, and it would certainly be a disappointing way to exit given the promise and excitement around his arrival.

Nevertheless, it will be seen as another move from Mourinho to stamp his mark on the squad, as he continues to look for ways to strengthen his group of players having already added Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer.

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