Premier League Transfer News June 12 2017: Manchester United ‘Close’ to Second Summer Signing, Chelsea Wants Real Madrid Star

Manchester United is closing on its second signing of the 2017 summer transfer window, according to reports.

Having agreed a deal for Benfica’s Victor Lindelof to partner Eric Bailly in the center of defense, Jose Mourinho has turned his attention to adding steel and energy to his midfield as he seeks the balance that would allow Paul Pogba to roam.

His target? Fabinho, the A.S. Monaco central midfielder who was so impressive last season during the French club’s run to the Champions League semifinals.

According to The Independent, “progress” has been made towards a deal for the 23-year-old who can also play at right back, where he could cover for Antonio Valencia.

After a season in which it crashed out of the Champions League, humiliatingly, to Barcelona and surrendered the Ligue 1 title to Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain is determined to “send a strong signal” to the rest of Europe, according to L’Equipe.

That could be bad news for Premier League clubs because P.S.G. apparently has its sights set on another Monaco player, teenager Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe, 18, made a name for himself last season with a series of startling performances in Monaco’s Champions League campaign. He was reported to be an Arsenal target but L’Equipe says P.S.G.’s chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi has established contact with Mbappe’s representatives over a summer deal through Antero Henrique, the Parisians’ new sports director.

Chelsea, meanwhile, has watched rivals United and Manchester City make early progress in the transfer market and may now be prepared to move. According to AS , the Spanish newspaper, manager Antonio Conte wants Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.

Conte wanted Alvaro Morata as a replacement for Diego Costa but Morata appears set for United and the Italian is said to be “confident” that he will not be outbid for Rodriguez as well.

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