Atletico Madrid have submitted a €45m bid for AS Monaco midfielder and Manchester United target Fabinho, according to reports.
The Brazilian was seen having dinner with his agent and Atletico president Enrique Cerezo back in May, but any move to the Vicente Calderon was set to be complicated by a transfer ban which ruled that the club could not register players until January.
Juventus, Paris Saint Germain and Man United have in turn all weighed in with bids of their own for the 24-year-old midfielder.
Fabinho has allegedly agreed to join the Spanish side in January and will cost €45m – the same amount reportedly offered by both PSG and United.
French outlet L’Equipe has corroborated these claims, confirming that negotiations have taken place but insisting that no official deal has been agreed for the Brazilian.
Reports have claimed that Jose Mourinho, linked with Fabinho since last year, was struggling to make headway with the deal primarily because of Romelu Lukaku emerging as the most pertinent figure of interest over the last few weeks.
This is simply the cost of business at this level; taking your eye off a deal – especially one for a player of Fabinho’s calibre – even for a few days can make a monumental difference.