Football Transfer Rumors: Man United Switches Eye to Everton's Seamus Coleman
Manchester United has reportedly switched its attention on signing Everton's Seamus Coleman in January as Monaco defender Fabinho seems to be out-of-reach for the English Premier League club.
Fabinho, 22, has been linked to United during the recent summer transfer window, but manager Jose Mourinho has prioritized the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogbam, in that order.
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There are rumors that Mourinho is planning to once again bid for Fabinho when the winter window opens in January, however, Monaco placed an increased transfer fee in the Brazilian right-back's new contract signed last month, according to Caught Offside.
The exact amount of Fabinho's new release clause is still undisclosed at this time.
This latest development has given Mourinho some issues as senior Old Trafford officials have given the Portuguese coach only a set budget to spend in January. United management reportedly directed Mourinho to release or sell some of his inactive players first before he can spend more on new acquisitions.
As a result, Mourinho has turned his interest on Coleman, who is one of Everton's regular starters in the backfield.
The Daily Express indicated that Everton will demand $30 million for Coleman's transfer and United is prepared to agree, but Toffees head coach Ronald Koeman is not yet ready to let go of his prized defender.
Koeman, who just took over from Roberto Martinez in June, is adamant on keeping Coleman as he is a part of his long-term plans at Goodison Park. The manager said that he will not sell his defender, especially to a domestic rival.
At the moment, Mourinho is playing Antonio Valencia at the right-back position, however, the Ecuadorian is a natural winger or midfielder. Matteo Darmian is the Special One's other option, but the Italian is reportedly set to exit United in January.
Coleman is a less complicated and cheaper target for Mourinho than Fabinho. This still remains to be seen, though, especially with how the Red Devils could pry him away from Everton.