It’s not hard to understand why some Manchester United fans are excited at the prospect of signing Fabinho. The Brazilian has been linked with United continuously over the last year, and with a recently quoted price tag of €30m for the Monaco full-back, it’s no wonder why parts of the club’s fanbase are following this rumour closely.
This isn’t a new player that United are linked with by any stretch of the imagination; indeed, Fabinho was muted as a potential purchase last summer, when United were still managed by Louis van Gaal. But his purchase of Torino’s Matteo Darmian seemingly put paid to those rumours and led many to believe that a deal to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford was dead in the water. Now, with 5 days left before the summer transfer window slams shut, United have again been linked with the player. Sport Witness have reported that French outlet L’Equipe are suggesting that a bid around or even excess of the aforementioned €30m might be enough to tempt Fabinho to Old Trafford, but that a lack of Champions League football is a potential issue for player, something AS Monaco, his current club can offer.
If that’s the case, then perhaps United and Mourinho are better off without him. Fabinho is only 22 years of age, and given Monaco live in the shadow of the eminently more successful Paris Saint Germain in the landscape of French football, Champions League qualification is surely not all it’s cracked up to be if you cannot challenge for trophies.
United don’t necessarily require Fabinho’s services, either. Thus far, Mourinho has worked wonders with his starting option at right back and has genuinely transformed Antonio Valencia’s fortunes in the process. The Ecuadorian has been a figure of much derision over the last four years of his United career, often due to an inability to beat his man and consistently poor delivery, but so far this season, he seems a man possessed. He appears confident, dangerous in attack and more assured than he has done in years.
Not only that, but the spectre of Darmian is just as significant. The Italian has fallen out of favour over the last few months but with the Europa League and English Football Cup due to start in September, Darmian would expect to be picked for some matches very soon, as there have been few rumours of a departure for the Italian floating around.
As such, shod Fabinho remain unconvinced about a move to Old Trafford, United will surely be in good shape regardless.