It appears that Manchester United may not have things all their own way in their potential pursuit of A.S. Monaco midfielder Fabinho, with Serie A giants Juventus indicating a recent interest in the player.
The 24 year old Brazilian can be deployed at right back or defensive midfield, two areas that Manchester United in particular will be extremely keen to invest in. United’s central midfield depth has been much maligned this season, with the absence of Paul Pogba through injury, statistically highlighting a drop in form.
Antonio Valencia is arguably one of the most consistent right backs within the Premier League. However, at 32 years old, it appears logical that an over reliance on the Ecuadorian would be an incredible risk for the immediate present, and future.
The Metro has reported that Fabinho has himself revealed that whilst a January departure is highly unlikely, that ultimately this campaign will be his last as a Monaco player, after an agreement was made between himself and the club last summer, when it was widely expected that the Brazilian would move.
Juventus’ interest is certainly of a more recent light, but one of which is of serious credibility. The Italians are planning to put together a strong bid, with an estimated 75 million Euros being within Monaco’s expectations.
Hailing from Brazilian side Fluminese’s academy, Fabinho joined Portuguese side Rio Ave in 2012. After an impressive loan spell at Real Madrid’s B side, the youngster was again loaned out to Monaco in 2013, where again, after a successful period, an agreement was made between Rio Ave and the Monaco for a permanent transfer to be made.
Fabinho has made almost 150 appearances for the French side in all competitions, scoring 17 goals. Whilst his main strengths may not be predominantly in attack, his goals to game ratio for a defensive midfielder is relatively impressive.
A player full of energy, and solidity, Fabinho would provide a perfect foil, be it for either Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, or Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic.
Whilst being Brazilian born, it is highly rumoured that his preference is to play internationally for the French National side, for which he would be permitted to do so in 2018, after living in the country for five years.
With this summers World Cup therefore seemingly out of the Monaco man’s schedule, choosing between Manchester and Turin looks likely to be where Fabinho’s priorities will lie.