Manchester United have been handed a boost in their hopes of signing Fabinho duo to comments from Monaco’s vice-president.
The Brazilian midfielder was heavily linked with a Monaco exit in the summer, but unlike many of his former teammates, Fabinho remained with the Ligue 1 champions.
The 23-year-old was most seriously linked with United and Manchester City, with Jose Mourinho reportedly looking for a replacement for the ageing Michael Carrick, and Pep Guardiola eager to spend and reinforce his squad.
Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev acknowledged that it may be hard to hang on to their star players.
“He’s one of the key players in our squad, a very regular player,” Vasilyev told Sky Sports.
“He’s very important, we can always count on. We are very happy that we managed to keep him. I think this is one player you want to keep forever.
“But we realise in Monaco we have a certain model, that at a certain moment when we feel it’s right we have to let players go in order to be successful again. This is not only about money; this is more about being successful.”
On talk of a possible deal in January, Vasilyev remained coy: “You never want to make any major changes in January, except something really extraordinary.”