Boost for Man Utd as transfer target admits he needs new challenge

Manchester United’s hopes of landing a replacement for Michael Carrick have been handed a huge boost, as one of their transfer targets has admitted he is ready for a new challenge.

Carrick has announced that he will finally be hanging up his boots at the end of the season and joining Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff, leaving the Portuguese boss to look for his replacement.

United have been linked with a number of midfielders over the last few months, including Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, Napoli’s Jorginho and Nice’s Jean Michel Seri. They were also one of the clubs linked with Monaco midfielder Fabinho last summer, along with PSG and Man City, and now the Brazilian has admitted it could be time for him to move away from the reigning Ligue 1 Champions.

Speaking to Lancenet, Fabinho said:

“If a move to a new league or a club with a bigger structure and bigger expectations, I would be interested.

“My time with Monaco was good, but I feel my time here is coming to an end.

“I know that that the club’s vision is to try to finish second and qualify for the Champions League, without counting on big-name players, but on young players.

“I believe I have gone through this process. I arrived as an unknown, I made my name at the club, won things — but maybe I need a new challenge.”

PSG have already signed Lassana Diarra, while it is widely thought that Man City will beat United to the signing of Fred, potentially leaving United a free run to sign Fabinho.