Manchester City could already have three players from last year’s title-winning Monaco side on their books right now had they chosen not to walk away from a deal for Fabinho earlier this summer.
According to Duncan Castles in an article written for the Daily Record, City were in advanced negotiations for 23-year-old Fabinho until they decided to step away from negotiations.
It’s possible that Pep Guardiola wanted Fabinho to play more as a right-back than holding midfielder, and when the deal for Kyle Walker showed promise, dropped his interest in Fabinho. Or it could have been a disagreement over Monaco’s valuation of Fabinho, who Castles believes has a deal in place to join ambitious PSG.
City have already signed Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, but in addition to Fabinho earlier this summer, have been linked persistently with a move for Kylian Mbappé. Castles reports that PSG, City and Real Madrid are all happy to meet the 18-year-old’s demands of a basic salary between €7million and €8million.
However, unlike another journalist well-sourced on PSG matters, Jason Burt of the Telegraph, who earlier today said PSG would not be bidding for Mbappé, Castles states that the Parisiens are on the brink of a €180million deal for football’s most sought-after young talent.
Should Mbappé head to Paris and with the increasing likelihood that Alexis Sanchez is staying put at Arsenal, it could leave Pep Guardiola without either of the two attacking targets he favours heading into the new season. And having sold Kelechi Iheanacho to Leicester, it may leave City a striker short despite possessing the talents of Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus.
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