Manchester United will have to offer AS Monaco three times what they paid for Brazilian full-back Fabinho last summer if they want to take him on before the start of next season.
That information comes from the Daily Mirror, who claim that the Ligue 1 side are reluctant to part ways with Fabinho irrespective of United’s growing interest in him.
Interest in Fabinho
Earlier today is was reported that the Red Devils were set to propose a €14 million transfer for the 21-year-old, but the latest is that Monaco will hold out for nothing below £15m.
With the French side having purchased Fabinho for just £4m last year from Rio Ave of Portugal their mark-up would be over 200% profit. Monaco can make more than treble the amount they paid for him if United consent, although that relies heavily on the idea that Louis van Gaal will allow himself to be held to ransom.
The Clyne factor
A decisive factor in the matter could be whether or not United can secure a deal for Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne sooner rather than later.
The now-fully-fledged England international is high on Van Gaal’s transfer wish-list and is obviously more suited to fulfilling the demands of a full-back at United as he’s proven in the Premier League and a homegrown player.
Therefore if it’s a straight choice between Fabinho and him Van Gaal is sure to opt for the latter, although a failure to snare Clyne will almost certainly leave the Dutchman with no choice but to pay the £15m for Fabinho.
United not short on cash
What should be considered is that United won’t be short on funds this summer thanks to the new kit sponsorship deal with Adidas, and so even if £15m seems steep for a young right-back relatively untested outside of France Van Gaal isn’t going to face any overbearing questions from the finance department at Old Trafford if he takes a gamble.
At the moment Van Gaal has Rafael da Silva, Antonio Valencia or Chris Smalling to pick from with regards to filling the void at right-back, though the first of those three is the only one who can say it’s his natural position. Valencia is more suited to playing further up the field whilst Smalling is considered better in the centre.
Rafael's time over?
That could mean that if either Clyne or Fabinho complete a move to United this summer Rafael’s time at the club will be over. The Brazilian was a mainstay during the latter years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, but Van Gaal doesn’t appear to trust him nearly so much.
United fans, should Van Gaal pay the £15m for Fabinho or should he concentrate on landing better players? Let us know in the comments box below.