After being linked, often said to be on the verge of joining both Manchester City and Manchester United this summer, versatile Monaco star Fabinho will move to Atletico Madrid in January, AS reports.
An agreement in principle between Atletico and Monaco has been struck that will see the 23-year-old Brazilian head to La Liga in January, when the Spanish side are allowed to register players again.
In addition to City and United, PSG had wanted to sign Fabinho, but Monaco were unwilling to sell to a domestic rival and after lengthy negotiations, he is Spain-bound in a deal worth €45million.
Fabinho has been on City’s radar for a long time and heading into the summer, it was thought that he would be a priority signing. But with Yaya Touré agreeing a new one-year extension, Pep Guardiola appears to not be prioritising a new holding midfielder this summer, while Kyle Walker and Dani Alves are the preferred options for right-back, Fabinho’s original position.
Many reports have had United being close to signing Fabinho also, and he spoke warmly of the idea of playing for either Manchester club, but it will be Diego Simeone who gets to utilise his talents from January onwards if tonight’s news turns out to be true.