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Manchester United Target Set To Sign New Deal At AS Monaco: 3 Replacements Including This Ligue 1 Star!

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Abhinab Ghosh
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AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho is ready to pen a new deal with the club amidst speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. According to recent reports, the Brazilian midfielder is prepared to sign a contract extension with the Ligue 1 giants which would come as a big blow to the Red Devils after they were heavily linked with a move for his signature over the past year.

It is believed that the 24-year-old was one of Jose Mourinho’s top transfer targets this summer and some sources are now claiming that the Brazilian is eager to extend his stay at the Stade Louis II which will likely put an end to all the rumours surrounding his future. Fabinho has put in some eye-catching performances for Monaco this season. He has featured in 38 matches for the Ligue 1 outfit, scoring 7 goals and creating 5 assists in all competitions. 

With Fabinho set to stay in French football, let’s take a look at three potential alternatives for the Red Devils to consider in the off-season.

Marco Verratti

The French midfielder has been a solid presence for Paris Saint-Germain in the past few seasons and has regularly featured for the Parisians this term. He has featured in 37 matches for PSG this season, scoring 2 goals and making 5 assists across all competitions. Although the 25-year-old midfielder’s reputation has been built on his defensive talents yet, he also has a knack for scoring and creating goals. Verratti will be an ideal asset under Jose Mourinho if he can convince the PSG star to make a move to Old Trafford.

Arturo Vidal

The Chilean midfield enforcer has been in majestic form for Bayern Munich over the past few years. The 30-year-old has featured in 34 matches for the Bundesliga giants this season, scoring 6 goals while also providing 2 assists in all competitions. He is exactly the kind of player who can flourish at the heart of the United midfield if the Red Devils decided to opt for his services in the summer.

Saúl Ñíguez

The Atletico Madrid midfielder has enjoyed a brilliant campaign so far and has put in some dazzling displays for the La Liga outfit during the course of this season. The 23-year-old has played in 43 matches for the Madrid based side and has found the back of the net 6 times while providing 3 assists in all competitions. At 23, he still has his peak years ahead of him which Jose Mourinho’s side could look to make use of in the coming years.

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