Leeds United could do with a new left-back in this summer window and plotting a move for Middlesbrough ace Fabio could be a wise decision for manager Marcelo Bielsa to consider.
French club Nantes are in talks with Boro over the sale of the 28-year-old after submitting a £1.8million bid and Nottingham Forest are also keen, according to the Daily Mail on their transfer blog (4:03pm, 13 July).
The Whites currently have Gaetano Berardi, Laurens De Bock and youngster Tom Pearce as options to be the left-sided defender, but the Yorkshire club could do with an upgrade.
Here is a look at three reasons why Fabio would be a great signing for Leeds…
Leeds are going to need experience if they are to get out of the Championship and Boro ace Fabio possesses plenty.
The two-time capped Brazil international has played at the top level and was previously on the books at the Manchester United.
He has also played 73 times in the Championship and is someone that could settle quickly at Elland Road.
Good mentor for Pearce
Leeds do of course have rising star Pearce on their books and he should be kept in the first team next season, but whether or not the left-back is ready for a whole season in the Championsip is another thing.
The more experienced Fabio could be a perfect mentor for the academy graduate and help him learn the tricks of the trade at left-back.
Leeds would only have to submit a £2million to trump Nantes in their reported pursuit of Fabio and for that price he could turn out to be a bargain signing.
He is a steady defender that could do a decent job in a promotion hunt and it's not like they would have to break the bank to sign him.
Bielsa needs to try add to the squad quickly to ease concerns from angry supporters and Fabio would be a shrewd bit of business if they decide to enter the hunt.