A long-term Manchester United target has pleaded for a chance to move to Old Trafford, while Liverpool’s hopes of landing a €90m-rated duo appear to have been dashed, according to Monday’s European papers.
FABINHO DESPERATE TO MAKE MOVE TO OLD TRAFFORD
Monaco midfielder Fabinho has pleaded with his club to let him join Manchester United this month, according to reports in the player’s native country.
Brazilian sports newspaper Lance claim in an exclusive that Fabinho has urged the Ligue 1 side let him move to Old Trafford this month – with the plauyer fearing he is set to miss out on his “dream move”.
United boss Jose Mourinho has a long-standing interest in Fabinho and saw efforts to sign him over the summer fall short, with Monaco opting to retain the player and United instead signing Nemanja Matic.
But with Michael Carrick due to retire in the summer and Marouane Fellaini set to run down his contract and leave on a free, the club still need midfield reinforcements.
Fabinho remains a target for Mourinho, but fearing the United boss has now switched targets to Nice star Jean-Michel Seri, Fabinho has issued a plea to the reigning Ligue 1 champions.
“I would be happy to move to a more prestigious club like Man Utd with greater ambitions,” Lance quote the player as saying. “My adventure at Monaco has been wonderful. I won a league title, but now I feel my time here is coming to an end.
“I am well aware of the fact the club’s objective is to finish in second place and qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Of course, they look to do this by giving youngsters the chance to develop rather than spend big money on great players.”
Fabinho is rated in the €45million bracket by Monaco, but with the clock ticking, his hopes of moving to Old Trafford – this month at least – appear to be fading.
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