Man Utd, Man City given fresh hope of signing Monaco star

Date published: Thursday 12th October 2017 6:57

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.”

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