Manchester United defender Fabio will complete a permanent move to Cardiff City this week and could make his debut for the Bluebirds against his former side next week, according to The Mirror.

Fabio has failed to convince United boss David Moyes that he deserves a regular starting spot this season, featuring just three times in all competitions in a barren run which has included just a solitary Premier League appearance so far this term.

The Brazilian full-back has run out of patience and will welcome the chance to fight for first-team football under former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Mirror reporting that the move will be finalised in the next few days.

United fans will soon get another chance to see Fabio back in action at Old Trafford despite his five-year spell as a Red Devil coming to an end though, with Cardiff taking on the defending champions in a Premier League clash next Tuesday.

Bluebirds boss Solskjaer is also hoping to conclude a deal for a second United starlet before the transfer window closes, although Wilfried Zaha's proposed switch to the Cardiff City Stadium will only be on loan until the end of the season.

Solskjaer will be forced to sign Fabio permanently if he wants Zaha on loan, with Premier League rules preventing one top-flight club loaning two players to the same team during a single campaign.

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