Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly making a late move for Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte and Monaco full-back Fabinho.
The duo has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks and whilst time is running out, Mourinho is said to be confident on getting the deals done before the summer transfer window slams shut.
It has been no secret that the new united boss has been looking to add new faces to his back four. Having already brought in Eric Bailly from Villarreal, the Portuguese still feels he needs more strength in depth and sees the Fonte and Fabinho as the ideal candidates to ease his defensive worries.
A move for the duo is said to be dependent on whether Mourinho can shift further players out of the exit door. Having already sold Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and Donald Love, the 53-year-old has already made more space available for new defenders. However with high earners still on the books in Phil Jones and Marcus Rojo, Mourinho may have to get rid of them sooner rather than later should he want to bring in any further recruitment.
Fonte is said to be seen as the man who can bring the experience to the Manchester United back four. The Portuguese centre-back has a wealth of experience under his belt and still at the age of thirty two remains one of the finest centre-backs in the Premier League. Mourinho will know all too well that his new look Manchester United aren’t a million miles away being a championship winning side and should he manage to bring Fonte through the Old Trafford entrance door it would take the club that one step closer to bringing back the Premier League Title to Old Trafford for the first time since 2013.
Whilst for Fabinho the Brazilian is widely regarded to be Jose Mourinho’s first choice right-back. Despite the early impressive season form of Antonio Valencia he isn’t an established right-back by trade he is a winger and in purchasing Fabinho the new united boss would have on his hands a real talent.
At just 22-year-old Fabinho has all the footballing ability to go on and become one of the world’s finest right-backs. United would be getting a player who can do the business the here and now and later down the line in years to come. It’s a deal that has every chance of happening and a deal that if done would almost complete Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford jigsaw.