Brazilian full-back Fabinho has impressed in the Champions League for Monaco this season, which led to links in the Daily Mirror with both Arsenal and Barcelona. However, the principality club has once again been quick off the mark and has agreed to sign him from Portuguese club Rio Ave on a permanent deal.
Fabinho had spent the last two seasons on loan from the Portuguese side after a spell in Spain with Real Madrid – where he only played once – but now his future is at Monaco for the next couple of seasons. The 21-year-old defender has signed a four-year-deal with the Champions League quarter-finalists, with his agreeing of terms testament to Monaco’s desire to get the deal done before the summer transfer window opened.
After helping to beat them in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition, Arsenal had been linked with an approach, while Luis Enrique’s La Liga giants had been eyeing up Fabinho as a long-term replacement for Dani Alves.
The deal is another example of Monaco pointing their future towards youth recruitment and development, and comes on the back of Almamy Toure also penning fresh terms through to 2019.
Last week, coach Leonardo Jardim also extended his deal until 2019. When it seemed that the club was on a downward spiral after selling James Rodriguez to Real Madrid and letting Radamel Falcao go on loan to Manchester United, the club has turned the whole project on its head and now looks to be a very bright, forward-thinking outfit.
Fabinho might not stay the full four years, if his eye-catching performances continue there will be more interest, but now Monaco have guaranteed that they will be the team that benefits from his success.