Fabinho has reaffirmed his desire to leave Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco. The player is said to be a transfer target for EPL’s Manchester United.
It’s been an odd summer for AS Monaco. The team got the chance to celebrate their Ligue 1 title. It was also a summer in which Europe’s top teams came calling for Monaco’s best players. And for the most part, they got what they came for.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy left the club. The team considered by many to be Europe’s top team in terms of young talent looks in danger of breaking up. Fabinho, Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe have been handed transfer offers, which by most accounts the players are showing a strong interest in accepting.
Monaco title defense has started well. The team is certainly readjusting with their losses, but morale is high. Monaco won their last game in comfortable fashion over Dijon, with a 4-1 scoreline. Asked after the game whether he has changed his mind about leaving the club, Fabinho says that nothing has changed from his end and hopes that board will respect his wishes. “I feel good, there is nothing to say about my situation, the club knows my will. I hope we will continue this way and that Monaco will still be okay,” the 23-year-old says.
Last season the Ligue 1 champions proved themselves domestically and in Europe. Expectations are naturally high, the thwe degree of dificulty is also bound to increase. Their top Ligue 1 rivals, Paris Saint-Germain, has made a point out of the fact that they are willing to invest whatever it takes to ensure their dominance in France. Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev recently talked in an optimistic tone about the transfers and the players his side will have to depend on in the new campaign.
“We have kept all of the key players that we intended to keep. Fabinho is a must-have player in midfield who was being courted by all the major clubs. I will also address speculation about Lemar: he is staying with us. We have discussed this. Both these players have tremendous talent and are essential for our team. We must not await further departures, rather arrivals.”
The transfer window is not closed yet. Recent years have shown many important deals going through in the last available hours. There is still a high likelihood that Monaco will have to think up even more changes for the new season if they are to maintain their status in France.