Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly poised to renew his interest in Fabinho of Monaco and Everton's Seamus Coleman during the January transfer window. The Portuguese was apparently keen to strengthen his options at right-back over the summer, but failed to agree a deal for any of his targets.
While Mourinho was broadly pleased with United's recent 0-0 draw against their eternal rivals Liverpool at Anfeild, the Premier League-winning coach felt they lack an attacking outlet to help ease the pressure, according to ESPN. Mourinho is, therefore, prepared to go back in for the attack-minded Fabinho and Coleman during the transfer window.
Mourinho lavished around £150m ($183.6M) on his United squad during the summer transfer window, bringing in the likes of Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly. However, he opted against supplementing his signings with the addition of a right-sided defender, despite rumours persistently linking United with Fabinho.
United's primary target is the Brazil international Fabinho, although Coleman is considered to be the more attainable of the two. Indeed, Fabinho recently admitted to receiving an offer to leave Monaco during the summer, but he remained tight-lipped on whether United were interested in his services.
Asked if he would move to a "big club" next summer, Fabinho told L'Equipe: "I could have already done it, but I'm under contract here. I feel good here. I'm an important player in one of the best teams in the league."
The reported United transfer target joined Monaco on loan from Real Madrid in 2013, after failing to impress in the Spanish capital. Then, after spending two seasons on loan at Stade Louis II, the sought-after Brazilian joined his current employers on a permanent deal in 2015.