Jose Mourinho will still seek to secure AS Monaco’s Fabinho this summer even if he does complete the signing of Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, according to reports.
The Guardian‘s Jamie Jackson reported on Monday that Tiemoue Bakayoko’s arrival at Stamford Bridge has paved the way for Matic, signed by Mourinho in 2014, to join Man United for a reported fee of £40m.
Fabinho, however, remains at the forefront of several reports, with Gianluca Di Marzio claiming that talks are underway ahead of a potential €50m deal.
And according to the Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke, Mourinho will continue to move for the Brazilian to accompany Matic next season.
The Portuguese is wise to move for two midfielders. Michael Carrick may be hanging around for another year but will turn 36 next season and Mourinho will be keen on using Matic as his primary holding midfielder.
Fabinho, on the other hand, can share the load with Ander Herrera, offering a more direct, Patrick Viera-eque kind of approach, roaming forward and threading through passes – as he did so wonderfully with Kylian Mbappe last year – whilst also serving as an option at right back.
Supporters ought to be incredibly excited at the prospect of signing two midfielders at the top of their game. He is certainly not messing around this summer.