Newcastle have been linked with Manchester United full-back Fabio in the local papers today.
Fabio – Manchester United full-back
It would appear that Mathieu Debuchy is the first choice at right back, but if Newcastle cannot get the Frenchman, then two players who have been mentioned are Roberto Rosales of FC Twente and Fabio of Manchester United.
Are FC Twente a feeder club for Newcastle – we seem to be after an awful lot of their players.
The news could even be inaccurate, and we weren’t aware that Manchester United wanted to sell Fabio, but send him out on loan to get first team experience.
Indeed manager Alex Ferguson announced in April that Fábio would leave the club on loan for the 2012–2013 season:
“Fabio will go on loan next season to give him concentrated first-team experience”.
We told you that’s what he said.
Usually it would be a good deal for Newcastle to take a player on loan for a season, and then decide whether to sign him, based on how he performed in a black and white shirt.
But Newcastle have had no luck with loan deals during Mike Ashley’s tenure at the club, and Fabio may not be able to get a regular game on Tyneside, so we don’t think a loan deal would work too well.
But it’s possible we suppose that Newcastle could bring the player in on a permanent deal to Tyneside, if we aren’t successful with other right back targets, and if say Alan Pardew and Graham Carr thought Fabio was good enough – certainly his names suggests he is. 😀
Fabio – full name – Fábio Pereira da Silva – doesn’t turn 22 until July, and he has played 53 times for the Red Devils with two goals, and twice for Brazil.
Fabio is the identical twin brother of Rafael – and just try telling them apart.
Rafael – we told you they were identical!
Rafael’s full name is Rafael Pereira da Silva – and both were signed by the Red Devils back in February of 2007, when they were both just 16, but now they need regular team football to progress.
Rafael has played 89 times with two goals for United – and once for Brazil – and if we did bring Fabio to Newcastle this summer, we’d have to make sure it was the right twin we were getting – but how Newcastle would tell that we have no idea, since their DNA is even the same.
There’s a challenge for the Magpies.
But we’d be surprised if Newcastle are really interested in Fabio.
What do you think?