Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to wait until the final day of the summer transfer window as Manchester United continue to monitor Southampton defender Jose Fonte.
According to a report from Manchester Evening News the unpredictable United boss is willing to show patience in pursuit of his fifth summer signing as the Saints look to keep the Portugal international at St Mary’s.
Arsenal also believed to be keeping tabs on the Portuguese defender as Wenger desperately needs defensive reinforcements but yesterday Metro reported that the Gunners have fallen back in the pursuit of Fonte .
The same article states United are optimistic that Southampton change their stance and consider an offer from the Red Devils on transfer deadline day as Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive options.
Southampton are still insisting that the centre-back was not for sale, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Saints captain has been told that he will not be leaving during the summer transfer window.
The Portuguese European Championship winner was believed to have been keen on moving to Old Trafford and linking up with compatriot Jose Mourinho.
The centre-half has now been offered a new two-year contract by the Saints’ board in the hope of retaining his services.
Fonte, 32, originally joined Southampton from Crystal Palace in January 2010 for a fee of around £1.2m and helped the Saints achieve promotion from both League One and the Championship, and has aided his current side in cementing their position in the Barclays Premier League.
Fonte came up against his would-be suitors in the first of many Premier League matches that are due to take place on Friday evenings.
The former Benfica player, though, was on the wrong side of a 2-0 defeat, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbing a brace for the hosts to maintain their 100% winning start to the 2016/17 season.
Despite stating his transfer business was done for the summer, United boss Jose Mourinho was thought to be eager to bring Fonte to Manchester.
The Red Devils boss has signed four players in the summer transfer window so far after he started his summer spending spree with the £30m purchase of Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed a free transfer to United from Paris Saint-Germain last month before Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealed a £30m transfer to Old Trafford.
United broke the world record to sign Paul Pogba in a £92m deal from Serie A giants Juventus earlier this month.