Manchester United are struggling to make headway in their pursuit of AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, according to reports from France.
Jose Mourinho wants to sign another midfielder after Nemanja Matic this summer and has identified Fabinho, instrumental to Monaco’s title success last term, as a primary option.
Man United were reportedly in line to make a fresh bid for the Brazilian after the Ligue 1 champions rejected an advance from Paris Saint Germain, with Unai Emery keen on replacing the outbound Blaise Matuidi.
But according to France Football, United are struggling to make much progress with the deal to sign the 23-year-old with pre-season just two days away.
The transfer window has been an arduous month or so for United supporters. Deals can seem to be moving forward like treacle at the best of times, but there is a good reason for this.
After all, concurrently negotiating deals for the likes of Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Ivan Perisic and of course Fabinho, alongside brokering a move in the opposite direction for Wayne Rooney, is far from easy.
And you sense that, over the last week or so, United’s attention has been primarily on securing the services of Lukaku, which now looks tantalisingly close to completion. Investing in that area after managing less goals than AFC Bournemouth last year is simply crucial, and supporters will hope that Mourinho doesn’t rest on his laurels once the Belgian finally signs.