The Man Utd fans in the Football Transfer Tavern were expecting big things from the January transfer window…
Man Utd have not enjoyed the best start to the 2016/17 Premier League season – but all is far from lost for the Manchester giants.
With Jose Mourinho at the helm, anything is possible – and the Red Devils are expected to launch a January spending spree next year as the Portuguese boss attempted to regain supremacy in the Premier League.
That could very well still happen, but it would appear that one of Mourinho’s primary targets will not be making the move to Old Trafford.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Fabinho, who has been a long-term target for Mourinho, looks set to stay at AS Monaco until at least the end of the season – with the French club impressing in the Champions League this season.
The Liverpool Echo note that Fabinho was retained over the summer in order to ensure Monaco the best success in Europe, and given that they are currently top of their Champions League – they look likely to progress to the next stage.
As a result, it would appear that the club want to hold on to their star defender for the rest of their continental campaign, and Mourinho may have to look elsewhere.
This is a huge blow for the Man Utd fans in the Football Transfer Tavern, given that right-back has been a weak spot for the Red Devils this season. Natural right-wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have filled in at points so far this season – but the situation is far from ideal for Jose Mourinho.
Interestingly, Fabinho has largely been utilised as a midfielder so far this season – which signals just how versatile the young Brazilian is. Given that Man Utd themselves have been struggling in that role – Mourinho’s inability to sign Fabinho appears to be an even bigger blow than first thought.
Our landlord thinks that Mourinho has a lot of work to do between now and January – and he simply must find an alternative to Fabinho by the time January comes around.
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