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Fabinho edges closer to €45m Man Utd move

The Monaco defensive midfielder is attracted by the chance to play at full-back at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho’s side step up their interest

MONACO STAR Fabinho is keen to join Manchester United this summer and an agreement is edging nearer, it is understands.

Fabinho, who has played over 180 games for the principality club, scoring 23 goals, is valued at around €45 million, and sources have confirmed that the transfer could be sealed in the coming days.

Primarily a defensive midfielder, Goal understands the 23-year-old has been been given assurances that he would be played in a full-back role too, something that appeals to the Brazil international.

And Fabinho, who has also played for Real Madrid, is desperate to increase his chances of making Tite’s national team squad for the 2018 World Cup, having been largely overlooked up to now.

Regarding United’s interest, Fabinho said on Friday: “It’s a tempting invitation. I would first talk to my agent, Monaco too, to decide everything is right.

“But it’s a great club, sure enough I would think well about it.”

Manchester City have also been linked with a bid for Fabinho, but it appears a move to United is of more appeal.

Any potential confirmed transfer in the coming days would represent the club’s second signing of the summer, with Victor Lindelof having already been secured from Benfica.

The Red Devils are also searching for a centre forward to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Alvaro Morata high on the list of priority targets.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is another who has been on United’s radar but it remains to be seen if the signing of Fabinho would scupper plans of a move for the Serb.

- Goal.com

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