Fabinho has been linked with a potential move to Manchester United during the past two years. The Brazilian midfielder has been a key piece for Monaco since his arrival, and last season he played a key role in the team’s title-winning campaign.
The rumours have not stopped, and United remain leaders in the race to sign the coveted Brazilian. Monaco needs to accept any potential bid and the transfer is far from settled. However, here at Stretford-End we will review why the Monaco dynamic midfielder would be an excellent signing for Jose Mourinho.
First of all, we have to know who Fabinho is. The 23-year-old midfielder is a defensive midfielder who has had to take the long road in order to succeed in Europe. After an unsuccessful spell in Real Madrid, Fabinho played for Rio Ave and Monaco. But he has become one of the most talented midfielders in Europe since his arrival to Ligue 1.
He’s been with Monaco since 2013, but he took his game to a whole new level this past season. Fabinho had an interesting season with Monaco, registering 12 goals and six assists in 55 appearances across all competitions.
His playing style is quite simple. He has the talent and flair one would expect from a Brazilian player. But at the same, his movements and some of this transitions show he has spent considerable time playing in Europe. He combines the best from both worlds, and the fact he is only 23 years old bodes quite well for the future. To make things even better, the defensive midfielder has several years left in his development before hitting his prime, so we could be talking about an even better player in about two or three more seasons.
Fabinho is also an excellent penalty kick taker, and has proven to be a reliable aerial threat on both ends of the pitch. This means he can be quite useful in set-piece situations. And as we mentioned above, he is a decent goalscorer considering his position. Fabinho has scored 23 goals in over 180 games for Monaco throughout his career. That kind of sum is excellent for someone who spends most of the time in the defensive end of the pitch.
Fabinho’s biggest calling card is his versatility. The Brazilian has played as a right back, central midfielder, and central defender over the past two years with Monaco. However, he thrives on the first two roles. Fabinho played most of the season as a central midfielder, but also saw time as a right defender and a defensive midfielder. Considering his pace and strength, he is perfect to anchor United’s midfield behind players such as Ander Herrera or Paul Pogba.
Reports have indicated United are close to seal a move for the midfielder. The transfer fee would round the €45 million mark, but make no mistake. He is worth every penny, and has all the traits to become an absolute legend at Old Trafford sooner than later.