Manchester United Turn Attention to Wantaway PSG Defender After Giving Up on Monaco's Fabinho
Manchester United are set to turn their attentions to Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier, after apparently giving up in pursuit of Monaco star Fabinho.
Right back and defensive midfield - both positions that Fabinho can operate - are areas that Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen, but Monaco have proven very tough to negotiate with.
Determined not to let their players go cheaply, the French champions have set huge asking prices on their star players, and Fabinho's valuation of £40m is apparently too high for the Red Devils.
As a result, the Independent now claim that United have now turned to PSG's Aurier, who seems much more likely to join the club.
The 24-year-old has reportedly told manager Unai Emery of his desire to leave the French capital, something which has been confirmed by the PSG boss himself:
“I’ve spoken with Serge to tell him I wanted him to stay here and continue with us,” he told L'Equipe (via Yahoo Sports). “He told me that he wanted to leave and that he wanted to stay in Paris to prepare for going.
“So, we signed Dani Alves, a very experienced player who has the spirit of a champion.”
After signing Everton's Romelu Lukaku for £75m and Benfica's Victor Lindelof for £31m, Mourinho's job this summer doesn't seem to be finished.
His desire for a new right back is said to be matched by his want for a holding midfielder as well as a winger - and reports claim that if the opportunity to sign another striker rises.