Atlético Madrid could be set to bring in Monaco’s Fabinho as some much needed cover in the full-back position, according to transfer rumours coming out of Italy.
Fabinho has been linked with Napoli and both Manchester clubs in the last twelve months, after some solid performances in Ligue 1. The youngster has previously turned out for Rio Ave, and once for Real Madrid.
However it seems that Atlético could be the defender’s next destination, after a bid of €20 million was made by los Colchoneros, according to GianlucaDiMarzio.com
On his official site, Di Marzio’s team wrote that Atlético had doubled Napoli’s offer of €10 million for the 22-year-old, and are keen to open talks shortly with Monaco.
Atlético are well stocked in the centre of midfield, but have Jesús Gámez as the only experienced full-back as backup.
Guilherme Siqueira is currently six months into an 18 month loan deal with Valencia, whilst Atleti chose not to take up the option to sign Cristian Ansaldi permanently from Zenit after his plagued season with the club in 2014/15.
Whilst Lucas Hernández is also an option to slot in at left-back, Juanfran and Filipe Luís combined for 67 appearances between them for Atlético in the league last season, and 22 out of a possible 26 appearances in the Champions League.
A youngster himself with plenty of energy, the lanky Fabinho possesses great pace, and the ability to get forward to put crosses into dangerous positions. Sounds like he would fit right in to the current style.
This could potentially be another promising youngster to add to the best defence in Europe, joining José Giménez and Lucas Hernández as ones for Atleti’s future.
Atlético last dealt with Monaco last summer to tremendous success, bringing in Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. Let’s hope for more of the same!