Gabriele Marcotti: What Man United like about 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder

The ESPN FC reporter explains why Manchester United are interested in signing Monaco star Fabinho this summer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Gabriele Marcotti has explained why Manchester United are interested in signing Monaco midfielder Fabinho.

The Red Devils have already been linked with a host of potential signings in the 2017 summer transfer window after Manchester United secured a return to the Champions League.

The 20-time English champions are thought to be on the brink of signing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2017-18 season.

However, Mourinho has also been linked with a defensive midfield signing given Michael Carrick’s age and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s exit earlier this year.

Manchester United are thought to be ready to sigh Monaco star Fabinho after being linked with the Brazilian regularly over the past 12 months.

Mourinho worked with Fabinho during his spell in charge of Real Madrid before the midfielder moved to Monaco.

Serve A expert Marcotti believes Manchester United liked the South American’s versatility.

“They like his versatility,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.

“He can also play full-back. They like his tactical intelligence.

“They think they can get him at a reasonable price.”

Manchester United won the Europa League last term thanks to a 2-0 win against Eredivisie giants Ajax.

The Red Devils also won the EFL Cup and the Community Shield in their first season under the management of Mourinho.

Monaco, meanwhile, won the Ligue 1 title ahead of bitter rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

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