According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City will launch a bid for Monaco full-back Fabinho, if they fail to land Kyle Walker this summer.
The 23-year-old Brazilian is thought to have impressed Pep Guardiola with his performances this season and, if the Blues are priced out of a move for number one target Kyle Walker, they will look to the Monaco man as a cheaper alternative.
Tottenham are unlikely to sell Walker for less than £45 million, which may be seen as too much of a gamble even for the free-spending City. Fabinho however would be available for around £17 million and has had a comparable season to the aforementioned Englishman.
In an astounding season for Monaco in general, Fabinho has been a standout player. Deployed mainly as a central midfielder this season, the 23-year-old has scored 10 goals in 53 games and has impressed with his versatility and ability to contribute on both sides of the ball.
His performances this season have led many to wonder whether he will be able to be as proficient as a full-back, his natural position. However, his tackling ability, lightning pace and concentration levels mean that he is capable of playing in a number of positions around the field with similar outcomes.
There is perhaps no better player to suit Pep Guardiola’s full-back tactics than Fabinho. The Spanish manager likes his full-backs to roam into the centre of the pitch and to be able to influence the game from that position. Fabinho’s impressive performances at both right-back and central midfield this season make him the ideal candidate for the role.