With Jose Fonte looking increasingly likely to become Jose Mourinho’s fifth signing of the summer, we take a look at five important things you need to know about the centre back.
In signing Jose Fonte he would bring to Old Trafford a vast amount of experience. With the united backline looking rather youthful, the Portuguese would add that key experience needed for the side. Over the years Fonte has featured for the likes of Sporting B, Felgueiras, Vitoria Setubal, Benfica, Pacos Ferreria, Estrela Amadora, Crystal Palace and more recently Southampton earning a total of 502 appearances throughout his domestic career.
Since joining Southampton back in 2009, Fonte has remained a consistent figure in and amongst the Saints side. Despite been 32-years-old, Fonte has shown over the years that he is more than capable of playing week in week out. With united needing experience at the back, Fonte can be a man who can be always be relied and called upon to come in and do the business.
Having been handed the captains armband for Southampton back in 2014, Jose Fonte has displayed great leadership skills on the pitch, helping Southampton climb the Premier League table. Having already captained Southampton, it would put the Portuguese centre-back in great stead for a move to Old Trafford. He could bring with him his necessary leadership qualities to help the likes of Chris Smalling, who as of yet has failed to fully reach his full potential at the theatre of dreams.
Eye for a goal
Despite primarily being a centre-back, Fonte has managed to score a mighty impressive 24 goals throughout his career, 15 of which have come at Southampton. In brining Fonte to the club he could bring that goal scoring threat from the back the club have missed since the days of Nemanja Vidic.
Still in his prime
Jose Fonte may be approaching the end of his footballing career, but if anything Fonte has gotten better with age. Last season seen Fonte make a whopping 41 appearances in all competitions for the Saints, in which he wasn’t only a regular first team starter for the club, he was still the clubs best defender. In joining united he could still offer the club two if not three more seasons at the very top. He may not be picked to start every week by Jose Mourinho, but he can still contribute heavily to the side over the coming seasons.