Manchester United are set to make an improved offer for AS Monaco after the Ligue 1 champions rejected an approach from Paris Saint Germain, according to reports from Italy.
Jose Mourinho appeared to be in pole position to sign the Brazilian following reports suggesting that a €45m offer had been made for the midfielder.
However, the bid appeared to come to nothing, with noise surrounding a potential move suddenly quietening, and PSG reportedly stepped in with a bid of their own.
And according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Man United will now launch an improved bid for the 23-year-old, who has been on Mourinho’s radar for some time, after Monaco refused to sell such a crucial player to a domestic rival.
Reports of an improved bid come soon after claims suggesting that Mourinho was unhappy with the lack of progress with the United board being made over transfer targets. Nemanja Matic, for one, appears to be in the pipeline but halted by Antonio Conte’s insistence on seeing two midfielders arrive first before letting the Serb leave.
There has been to much ambiguity surrounding Fabinho specifically this summer: M.E.N insist he is not a target, and the only outlets reporting anything are curiously from Italy and not France or England, but the 54-year-old’s interest in Fabinho predates the last month or so and he needs new additions sooner rather than later.