Manchester United are considering a move for Jose Fonte to strengthen the defence-line.
It looks like Jose Mourinho’s summer spending isn’t set to stop anytime soon, despite the impending world-record capture of Paul Pogba.
Fonte has made 267 appearances for Southampton since making his debut for the Saints back in 2010 but the 32-year-old is now being linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The Sunday Times claim the experienced centre-back, who showed some impressive performances as Portugal were crowned Euro 2016 champions this summer, is on Jose Mourinho’s wishlist ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
The Southampton defender took his Euro 2016 opportunity with both hands. Experienced Fonte had already had an extraordinary career in which he rose through the lower divisions of English football to the Premier League. For Portugal, Fonte demonstrated two essential characteristics of any good centre-back: dependability and consistency.
While Pepe was better in the air and more adventurous, Fonte was excellent at tracking runs down the channel and was a workhorse in the centre of defence. When Pepe was ruled out of the semifinals through injury, Fonte maintained continuity, forming a seamless partnership with Bruno Alves as Portugal shutout Wales 2-0.
Fonte’s performance blended into the larger background of Portugal’s defensive authority. Maybe the best way to rate a centre-back is by how difficult it is to remember his individual contributions. He was never in trouble, and so consistently excellent that he escaped the spotlight entirely.
It’s believed Jose Mourinho is looking to sign one more defensive addition once a world record deal for Paul Pogba is all wrapped up within next week.
Zenit Saint Petersburg star Ezequiel Garay and Juventus stalwart Leonardo Bonucci are also being eyed by the United manager.