It seems as if Manchester United are mostly done when it comes to the summer transfer window. It’s been an incredibly successful one for the club, too, having added depth and real quality to 4 different areas of the pitch due to the additions of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.
Depending on who you believe, Jose Mourinho is still not done when it comes to summer recruitment, with Southampton’s Jose Fonte the most plausible target currently being thrown around. The signing of the Portuguese international makes sense, given United lack experience and leadership qualities in defence, so it’s a surprise to see a Spanish paper attempt to reignite a rumour from several weeks back regarding a right back signing that Mourinho is apparently keen to make.
Sport Witness have picked up on a report in Marca that states that United still have an interest in Monaco’s Fabinho:
“It’s stated that Fabinho has been linked to Manchester United for weeks, and that Jose Mourinho has ‘in the last hours’ revived an operation that could result in a €30m transfer.
Given Marca’s insistence this is a recent thing, it doesn’t seem like them openly recycling previous claims.
Fabinho is a right back, who can also play in midfield. Antonio Valencia hasn’t been doing badly for Manchester United and whilst he and Matteo Darmian are at the club, bringing in another right back would be excessive.”
Sport Witness’ appraisal of the situation hits the nail on the head; United already have Antonio Valencia on their books, and adding another to the tune of £26m seems unnecessary. Surely if Mourinho was desperate to reinforce in that position then he would have done so sooner?
Of course, on the other hand, if Mourinho doesn’t see a place for Matteo Darmian in his side, then perhaps there is a way for the Brazilian to make an impact for United after all. As with speculation for Juan Mata, concrete information on an exit for Darmian is at a premium, but such an exit is the only logical way that United would make this deal. That’s even before you get into the complexities of a Spanish-based paper having information on a Brazilian player who plays for a French club, or that, as mentioned, United are far more likely to be concentrating on improving the quality of their options at centre back before the window closes instead.