Manchester United In Fight For Fabinho
Manchester United face a battle with at least five other clubs for the Monaco full-back Fabinho.
The 23-year-old former Real Madrid youngster was linked with interest from United late last summer. However, Monaco were involved at the time in a play-off tie against La Liga side Villareal for the group stages of the Champions League. Having successfully negotiated that hurdle Monaco told United that Fabinho wouldn’t be sold. Qualification for the group stages meant they no longer needed the money. Failure to qualify and Fabinho would have been a United player by now.
It was a similar story in January when Monaco reached the knockout stages which again ruled out any sale.
Now, the Brazilian is one of a number of their players being eyed up as a possible transfer target for clubs in the Premier League overseas.
The Italy-based website Transfer Market Web claims six clubs are interested in Fabinho. They include the Premier League trio of United, Manchester City and Arsenal as well as Barcelona, Inter Milan and Napoli.
Monaco will demand a steep price. TMW claims he will go for no less than €40million – that’s around £33million at present and almost double what United were willing to pay.
Monaco Want Mbappe To Stay
Meanwhile, Monaco director of football Antonio Cordon says he hopes another Manchester United transfer target, Kylian Mbappe, will remain with the Ligue 1 club.
Mbappe’s goal against Borussia Dortmund in Monaco’s 3-1 victory this week made him the first player in Champions League history to score in all four opening matches in the knockout phase. Manchester United are one of a number of top European clubs interested in the teenager. But speaking to Spanish radio network Cadena COPE, Cordon is hoping there will be no transfer activity this summer involving the 18-year-old.
“I don’t know how many bids there are for him. You reporters should know better than me, since you talk about that all the time,” he said.
“I also don’t know how much is his exit clause is set at, but I know it’s a very expensive one.
“It will be a long summer, since several clubs will be trying to sign him, but I really hope he will stay with us,”
The simple answer to the question regarding the release clause is that there is none. Such clauses are illegal in French football – as Cordon would know – but Monaco do have their price. We reported last month that one Premier League club – probably Manchester City – have seen a bid of €110million rejected by Monaco.
The Ligue 1 leaders are expected to try and hang on to Mbappe until 2018 when they will sell him for a world-record fee of €120million.