This summer proved to be an eventful one for Monaco. Having secured the Ligue 1 title last season, their young and talented players immediately fell under the radars of top European clubs, and the side was unable to hold onto several of them.
Tiémoué Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy ended up moving to the Premier League, while Kylian Mbappe made a sensational move to PSG. Amongst the players who didn’t move, however, was Fabinho, despite being targeted by top European powerhouses.
But as per ESPN, Man City will instead seek to capitalize on the defender turned central midfielder in the upcoming summer transfer window, with Pep Guardiola reportedly following closely on the progress of the 23-year-old.
This would make sense owing to the age of Yaya Toure, who might look to retire soon. As of such, the Brazilian seems an ideal replacement in the position, as proven by his antics of the last few months. It would also provide the Blues with the kind of quality that they desperately require in order to make a serious push in the Champions League.
Further, they might not meet with the stiff competition from United that they would have otherwise seen earlier this summer. This is due to the fact that Jose Mourinho was more interested in using the player’s abilities as a right-back, and not the midfield position he is currently being deployed at.
This could work brilliantly for City, who most certainly have the financial means of ensuring the otherwise eyebrow-raising price tag of £67m that the French side are said to be holding out for.
Moreover, at the way in which the player has been performing and his relatively young age, this could prove to be a sound investment for the Mancunian side, if Fabinho wishes to move away at all.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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