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Manchester United told to pay €40m for Jose Mourinho’s top target as international’s exit held up

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly been hit with a double setback as Monaco want €40m for Fabinho, while Matteo Darmian’s exit is being held up.

The Italian’s spell at Old Trafford appears to be coming to an end, as after making 39 appearances in all competitions under Louis van Gaal last season, he has been restricted to just one outing so far this year under Mourinho which came in the Europa League.

While the Portuguese tactician has preferred Antonio Valencia at right-back, it doesn’t paint a positive picture for Darmian, although according to Goal, United have struggled to find any interested parties who are willing to make a move before the end of the season.

Inter are seen as the most realistic destination, but it’s added in the report that boss Frank De Boer doesn’t see the former Torino full-back as a priority and will only be willing to make a move if Darmian is available on loan in January.

Further, the situation is complicated by the claim that Monaco have placed a €40m price-tag on Brazilian defender Fabinho, a player that was on Mourinho’s transfer radar this past summer, as noted by Goal.

With the Ligue 1 outfit not considering lowering their demands until next summer, it represents a problem for the Red Devils as Mourinho continues to look at ways to stamp his mark on the squad.

With several big-earners likely to be pushed towards an exit next year, it remains to be seen how effective the United boss can be with the problems seemingly mounting to make his job much harder than he would have anticipated.

As for Darmian, it’s certainly a disappointing way to see his United career go to now find himself on the verge of leaving the club, having moved to Old Trafford with big expectations with his displays for both Torino and Italy earning him rave reviews.

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