The Monaco defensive midfielder is highly rated at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho could secure his signature in the coming days

Monaco midfielder Fabinho is keen to join Manchester United this summer, with an agreement edging nearer, Goal understands.

‘Messi could’ve played for Real’

Fabinho, who has played over 180 games for the principality club, scoring 23 goals, is valued at €45 million, and sources have confirmed that the transfer could be sealed in the coming days.

The defensive midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, as Jose Mourinho embarks on an aggressive summer of recruitment.

Victor Lindelof has already been signed from Benfica, and Fabinho is regarded as a versatile option by Mourinho and his coaching staff.

The 23-year-old, who has also played for Real Madrid, can play in both defence and midfield and his multifunctional abilities are prized by Mourinho.

The star has wished to join United for a number of years, and has repeatedly refused to scotch rumours of a move, instead smiling in front of cameras when asked of the club’s interest.

“It’s a tempting invitation,” Fabinho said earlier this week. “I would first talk to my agent, Monaco too, to decide everything is right.

“But it’s a great club, sure enough I would think well about it.”

Manchester City have also been linked with a bid for Fabinho, but it appears a move to United has never been closer.