Manchester United have contacted AS Monaco over the possibility of signing Fabinho in the summer and are prepared to offer as much as £45million for the Brazilian midfielder, reports Daily Express (via Sky Italia).
United's own interest in Fabinho appeared to have cooled, but his flexibility in being able to play in the centre of midfield and at right-back could sway Jose Mourinho into reigniting his desire to bring the ex-Rio Ave starlet to Old Trafford.
His current deal was set to expire in the summer, although United have already triggered to extend that by a further year, but it seems as though they are preparing to keep him for even longer than that, with a new "long term" deal set to be signed before the end of the campaign.
He said the signing generated some striking social media statistics.
"I need to be careful around this, Woodward said".
Monaco star Fabinho has fueled speculation he's set for a move to the Premier League by revealing his time at the club is "coming to an end".
The club, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, played down the significance of a 48.8 million pound non-cash accounting charge in the period after USA tax reforms took effect.
United, who retained their place at the top of Deloitte's Money League ahead of European champions Real Madrid as the richest club in the world, saw broadcast income rise 17.3 percent to £61.6 million thanks in large part to the club's return to the Champions League.
Manchester United have announced revenue of £163.9 million and operating profit of £28.7 million for its 2018 second quarter financial results ending December 31.
Jose Mourinho was linked with the versatile Brazilian throughout the January transfer window.
The club are 12 points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain and finished bottom of their Champions League group without recording a single win in the competition.