Manchester United linked with versatile midfield beast: Why Mourinho should land him at any cost

As expected Victor Lindelof’s signing has opened the floodgates for several more speculation and transfer rumours related to Manchester United this summer. Latest of the rumours seem to link the AS Monaco star midfielder Fabinho with a move to Old Trafford.

As their “Noisy Neighbours” are gaining pace in transfer acquisitions this summer, Mourinho doesn’t want to lag behind. With everyone expecting Mourinho to show his true colours in the upcoming Premier League season, it should come as no surprise that this summer transfer window would be of pristine importance to the United Gaffer.

Showing towering presence in the midfield as well as doing a decent enough job when deployed as a right-back, the young Brazilian has been a key figure in Monaco’s Ligue 1 success.

The player had recently signed a five-year contract with AS Monaco in 2016 which should see him at the Stade Louis II till 2021. That has led to the Ligue champions to put a price tag of £40m on their young starlet.

Player stats

The player made an astounding 44 first team starts in his 52 appearances for AS Monaco this past season.

The Brazilian also scored an amazing 10 goals and managed 4 assists. Certainly impressive for a defensive midfielder, it exalts the player’s aggressive mentality and sheer creativity on the pitch.

With a pass success rate of 84.6% and a total contribution of 41 key passes for his club, the youngster leaves really little to point out against him. The player’s eye of the needle through ball and precise long balls have decimated many impregnable defences all across Europe.

Having a tackle success rate of 65.7% and making a total of 74 interceptions, the youngster is as complete as a defensive midfielder could get. (Stats via WhoScored)

What’ll he offer the Club?

Other than the likes of Herrera, very few have managed to exude the role of a defensive midfielder properly this past season at United which has caused them a lot of problems defensively as well as going forward.

Fabinho addition will provide sound cover to the defence and could also unlock Pogba’s better self as he will have the license to bombard forward knowing there is someone as reliable as Fabinho behind.

The versatility of the player to switch and play as a full-back will be an added bonus as Valencia isn’t getting younger.

Worth the money?

The impeccable resume that the Brazilian has is nothing short of surreal. Seeing the recent transfer trends, it is safe to say that the £40m price tag is justifiable and Mourinho should waste no time in wrapping up the business.

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