It’s not exactly new for football players to drop hints about their futures on social media. Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic; he announced that he was signing for Manchester United this summer on Instagram before the club had even had a chance themselves. It’s not even such a shock to see people close to players letting a hint or two slip, especially after Paul Pogba’s barber suggested that the Frenchman was on his way to United after giving him a fresh trim during this transfer window.
Fabinho is a player that United have been linked with for a year, give or take. Rumours of the Brazilian being the subject of interest under Louis van Gaal’s reign didn’t make much sense after the arrival of Torino’s Matteo Darmian, and a year later, they don’t exactly seem that much more concrete. This is taking into account that Rebecca Tavares, the Monaco defender’s wife apparently follows United’s official Instagram account, as spotted by eagle-eyed fans.
As teases go, this is gigantic, but of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean a great amount. The interest from United’s side may well be there, and Sport Witness reported last week that Spanish paper Marca have insisted that it is, but it doesn’t quite add up, not when you consider the options that Mourinho has.
First thing’s first; Antonio Valencia has been a revelation at right back so far this season, and is in the midst of some of his best form for the club in four or five years. He’s taken to Mourinho’s methods like a duck to water, and looks assured, confident and dangerous on the right flank. Should Fabinho be brought in, there’s no guarantee that he would be dropped straight into the starting line-up, purely because of how well the Ecuadorian is playing at this point, meaning the reported €30m fee is a lot for a player who isn’t guaranteed a spot in the team immediately.
Even if he arrived as an understudy, United already have another capable right back in the form of Darmian, who has yet to start under Mourinho this season but is unlikely to be kicked out of Old Trafford this summer only a year after arriving. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s treatment might suggest otherwise but the Italian has more to offer Mourinho than the former Bayern Munich midfielder, and would expect a run in the side soon.
As such, unless something changes drastically in the next week, it’s more than likely that Fabinho will remain with his wife in Monaco.