Manchester appeals to former Mourinho prodigy Fabinho
Mourinho gave the 23-year-old Brazilian his debut for Real Madrid in 2013. His father says he is keen to return to England - with Manchester his preferred destination...Ajax - Manchester United live
Back in the summer of 2012, a young Fabio Henrique Taveres, or more simply known as Fabinho, joined Real Madrid Castilla on a season-long loan. The Brazilian impressed first team coach José Mourinho so much that he was handed his debut, still a teenager, after just a few months with the reserves. Fabinho came on for the last 15 minutes in the 6-2 home win against Málaga on 8 May 2013 and even set up Ángel Di María for the winner.
Soon after that, he returned to Rio Ave who farmed him out again - this time to Monaco, signing a permanent deal with the club in 2015. At Monaco he is usually fielded as a defensive midfielder and yet he has already racked up seven goals this season; he is also the team's penalty taker.
Years after Real Madrid allowed him to slip out of their fingers, Fabinho is being courted by some of Europe's top clubs. His father João told Canal+'s J+1 programme this week that his son has received a lot of tempting offers: "I've held talks with Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal... and Barça have also made enquiries about him".
Fabinho, says his father, has his heart on playing in the Premier League: "He likes Manchester United and likes the way Mourinho works, but he has a small weakness for City...".