It would be an understatement to say that PSG have established their dominance over the transfer market. Even their own big money swoops of the past seasons were dwarfed by the manner and fees that saw them secure the services of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe this summer.
However, Man City are another club that are familiar with exercising their financial muscle during transfer windows, and the two European powerhouses could potentially lock horns over a player that the French side have been targeting for much of this season.
Monaco’s Fabinho has been on the receiving end of much interest across Europe, with Premier clubs like Chelsea and United, as well as Italian giants Juventus looking to secure the services of the right-back cum defensive midfielder.
However, PSG were the most earnest team in their attempts to lure him, with reports suggesting that the Paris-based club tried until the last minute to include Fabinho as part of their sensational signing of Mbappe at the end of this window. Alas, their efforts were in loss, for the Ligue 1 champions simply didn’t want to lose yet another crucial player.
Now, as per French publication Le10 Sport (via M.E.N), PSG’s attempt at trying again in January will cost them £67 million – a sum that Man City will be more than eager to meet. The latter’s pursuit will be aided by the fact that Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the 23-year-old, who proved highly impressive last season.
While PSG will be the logical choice for the Brazilian, the prospect of playing in the Premier League will be equally, if not more, tempting. One cannot deny that despite the star power at Monaco and PSG, the Ligue 1 is not a big name, and won’t provide the kind of challenge and fierce competition that England most certainly will. As of such, it will be interesting to see which destination he opts for, that is if he wishes to move away at all.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.