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What does this latest Jose Fonte update mean for Manchester United and Southampton?

What does this latest Jose Fonte update mean for Manchester United and Southampton?

Manchester United have completed some simply stunning transfer business this summer, with the pinnacle of that being a world record deal to bring in Paul Pogba. However, one area you feel they are a little short in is defence, but it clearly isn’t for the want of trying as Jose Mourinho is working hard behind the scenes.

 

Recent reports have suggested that the self-proclaimed Special One has been eyeing a move for his Portuguese compatriot, Jose Fonte. Now, according to The Sun, the 32-year-old is set to stay at his current side Southampton, after agreeing to a bumper new deal on the South coast.

His new deal is worth a whopping £70,000-a-week as a sweetener for him agreeing to stay with Claude Puel’s side, which must be a huge relief for the French manager.

Fonte has been a key part of Southampton’s playing squad for seven years now and was at the heart of their back four during their League One and Championship campaigns too. He is a real cult hero for the St. Mary’s crowd, and they would have been gutted to lose him, particularly so close to the transfer deadline.

The game is certainly changing, though, and with this new TV deal kicking in, it means clubs like Southampton can offer game-changing wages to players like Fonte in order to persuade them to stay.

Claude Puel will be hoping the seniority and experience of Fonte will once again play a huge part in any success that Southampton may have this season. You feel with their club that they always are forced into parting with key assets – this season has been no different with Victor Wanyama heading to Tottenham. They always seem to overperform regardless, though, and keeping hold of Fonte is massive.

 

There is no doubting that Jose Fonte would’ve added bags of experience and Premier League know-how to an extremely youthful back line. He would have gotten plenty of playing time at Old Trafford, too, but you cannot blame him for choosing to stick with a club that has given him so much joy over the last seven years. You have to admit it is somewhat refreshing to see some level of loyalty shown in the modern game.

For Manchester United, the search for another centre-back to help out when Eric Bailly jets off to the African Cup of Nations goes on. Jose Mourinho now has less than a week to identify a target, and then persuade him to make the move to the Theatre of Dreams.


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