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Man United close in on their second big-money signing of the summer 

Jose Mourinho is close to completing his second major signing of the transfer window

The transfer window is roaring on, with Manchester United set to complete their second major signing of the summer.

According to reports in Italy, United have agreed a fee with Monaco for midfielder dynamo Fabinho.

Reports in Italy suggest that a deal to sign the Brazilian star is close to being completed

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Reports in Italy suggest that a deal to sign the Brazilian star is close to being completed

Jose Mourinho will be pleased as punch, having been a long-time admirer of the Brazilian midfielder, who was an important member of Monaco’s Ligue 1 winning side last season.

Mourinho has been keen for a combative defensive midfielder to sit alongside Paul Pogba, and sounded out Fabinho as a major transfer target as early as January.

He’s particularly interested in Fabinho’s versatility, with the 23-year-old capable of playing in a number of different positions, including central midfield, right-back and  wing-back.

Fabinho was an important member of the Monaco side that reached the semi-final of last season’s Champions League

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Fabinho was an important member of the Monaco side that reached the semi-final of last season’s Champions League

The hard-tackler also proved to be a consistent performer last term, making 50 appearances for Monaco as they stormed to the French top-flight title, as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan have also been linked with him, but United is reportedly the player’s preferred destination.

Weighing up his next big signing

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Weighing up his next big signing

Fabinho looks set to be just one of United’s big-money signings this summer, with Mourinho already snapping up defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica last week.

The Swedish centre-back moved for around £30.8m, while names such as Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and even Cristiano Ronaldo continue to be linked with Old Trafford.

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