• The Red Devils bin dun dey linked with move for the AS Monaco midfielder
• As mata take be, hin sign for Liverpool on Monday
Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst dun reveal why United con decide say dem no go for the Brazilian.
“United fanshy say dem wan sign Fabinho so as to focus on specialist targets for transfer window. The suggestion say the Brazilian reject approach from United at any stage na false. Jose Mourinho bin dun rule out move for Fabinho last year, as him bin identifyTottenham Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic as hin first and second-choice defensive midfield targets.
“Dier dey ‘desperate’ to join United but Spurs con refuse to leave am and Chelsea eventually agree say dem go allow Matic reunite with Mourinho on July 31. Mourinho dun settled on Fred as hin principal holding midfield target this summer and United fit prefer to conclude deal for the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder as hin dey England with the Brazil national team this week.
“United get no interest so as to signing Fabinho this summer or last, despite all the dust media dey yarn. Last week,one French reporter claim say United dey ‘in discussions with Fabinho’ but e no true, na lie. Clubs dun previously fabricate United interest in player so as to smoke out bidder and na that tactic Hoffenheim use with Roberto Firmino for 2015 before hin commot go Liverpool.
“For the same summer, one Aston Villa official con allege to newspaper reporter say United fit sign Christian Benteke, despite say United no get any intention to do so. Within 24 hours, Liverpool dun trigger the Belgian £32.5m release clause. Despite say intense speculation dey surround Fabinho to United move, no concrete evidence dey say hin dey ever targeted by United under Mourinho.”