Mourinho Suffer Defeat In Move For Fabinho But £25m Star Set To Join Manchester United

Manchester United dealt a huge blow in their hopes of signing £25 million-rated defender

Premier League giants Manchester United look set to miss out on the signing of Monaco defender Fabinho during the January transfer window, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.

Due to the very difficult start to the season, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is planning to strengthen his squad during the upcoming January transfer window and bolstering the backline will surely be one of the priorities for the Portuguese boss.

Specifically, Mourinho is currently said to be looking to sign a new right-back due to the fact that Matteo Darmian is expected to be heading back to Italy during the January transfer window and the United manager is hoping to bring in competition for current first choice Antonio Valencia.

Monaco defender Fabinho has been consistently linked with a move to United over the summer and it was believed that the Red Devils had even entered talks with the French side regarding the signing of the Brazilian international during the summer.

However, Monaco made it clear that they would not look to sell Fabinho at any cost due to their Champions League participation and it was expected that United had postponed their plans to sign the 23-year-old to January.

However in a huge blow to United’s hopes of signing Fabinho, the Manchester Evening News have gone on to reveal that the defender may not be allowed to leave by Monaco in the winter as well.

Monaco currently stand a great chance of qualifying into the knockout rounds of the Champions League and it is believed that the Ligue 1 giants are now not willing to sell Fabinho in January as a result.

Missing out on Fabinho would most certainly represent a huge blow for United but Mourinho is already said to have focused his attention to signing an alternative option and the Daily Star have claimed that United are currently eyeing up a swoop for Napoli star Elseid Hysaj for a fee of around £25 million.