Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to sign Monaco right-back Fabinho.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks but it now appears that Antonio Conte’s side are also keen to sign the defender and are said to be weighing up a move before the summer transfer window slams shut.
Monaco value Fabinho at around €30m and whilst they are desperate to keep hold of their star man it is thought that they would be willing to let the Brazilian leave Monaco should any club meet there valuation for the player.
Conte wants to strengthen his defence before the window is out and after failing to land Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly he sees Fabinho as now the ideal candidate to solve his defensive concerns.
Whilst news of Chelsea joining the race for Fabinho’s signature may be initially greeted by displeasure and discomfort from Manchester United in the long run missing out on Fabinho could turn out to be the best thing for the club.
At just twenty two years of age Fabinho is still a defender who is learning the game. He may become a world class right-back in years to come but at this moment in time, he is still a developing young player and that isn’t what Manchester United need right now.
Having played in Ligue 1 over the past three seasons, Fabinho has been playing in a league where with all respect the quality is not that high. The competiveness of the league is non-existent with Paris-Saint Germain running away with the league title season after season and he has yet to test himself against some of the very best footballers the planet has to offer. The Premier League is a completely different ball game to Ligue 1 and it would be a major gamble by Jose Mourinho to go out and sign the Fabinho.
With the Portuguese bidding to win the league title this season he needs as he said specialists in key areas on the pitch and Fabinho just isn’t one of them. He already has Antonio Valencia on the books who has thrived at right-back thus far, as well as having a true established proper right-back at the club in Matteo Darmian who yet to even play a game this season.
United won’t have missed out should Fabinho make the move to Stamford Bridge. He is a player for the future not the present and with Manchester United looking to get back to the summit of the Premier League table once more he was not the type of player we needed.