Manchester United are now in pole position to sign Southampton defender Jose Fonte after Arsenal has decided to end their interest in the center-back. United manager, Jose Mourinho is also demanding a deal to be finalized for the Portugal international before the end of the summer transfer window.
The value for Fonte is believed to be $15.82 million and Mourinho has asked the United board that he needs the player in his team before August 31, 2016, as reported by Manchester Evening News.
However, the United hierarchy, who has already sanctioned the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus wants to clear out some high wage earners at the club, who will not feature in the manager’s plans before bringing in any new players.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo are the two players tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer. Despite Stoke City showing interest in the services of Phil Jones, it is believed that Mourinho wants the player to stay and hence he won’t be sold this summer.
Despite signing Eric Bailly from Villarreal, Mourinho wants to add an experienced center-back in his team who could add the much needed stability at the back. He believes that Fonte is the right player available in the transfer market and the club should do everything to sign the Southampton man.
It is being reported that the Red Devils are also interested in signing Monaco right-back Fabinho this summer. Mourinho doesn’t favor Matteo Darmian and wants the Brazilian to be fighting with Antonio Valencia for the primary right-back position.
The summer transfer window will close at the end of this month and the United board wants to clear off the high earning players who are not playing from their wage bill.
Schweinsteiger has been told by the board that he has no future at Manchester United. However, the Red Devils are yet to find a new suitor for the German World Cup winner.
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