3) Fabinho (AS Monaco)
Brazilian international Fabinho meanwhile is another realistic option that could ultimately solve Manchester City’s long-term defensive uncertainties. The right-back, who can also play comfortably as a defensive midfielder has featured regularly for AS Monaco in the past two seasons and like both Gaspar and Cancelo has certainly impressed. Fellow Premier League title competitors Tottenham Hotspur will certainly know all about the 23 year-old after the Brazilian not only set up Monaco’s first goal in their UEFA Champions League match but later went on to win the Man of the Match award that evening. Likewise Manchester United appear to be hot on Fabinho’s trail with rumours frequently linking him to Jose Mourinho’s side throughout the summer and could yet make a move this winter to sign Fabinho as soon possible.
Unlike both Gaspar and Cancelo, what Fabinho does have is an abundance of UEFA Champions League experience, making 23 appearances in the competition alongside a further five in the Europa League. Fabinho also stated recently to Globo Esporte that he was aware of English interest during the summer transfer window but having failed to receive a single concrete offer, the best solution was to stay put at AS Monaco. After building on an impressive 2015/16 season, Fabinho has continued to impress thus far and with a move to Manchester already heavily rumoured, the Monaco man could be a perfect future purchase for Pep Guardiola and it could yet prove to be a battle between the red and blue half of the city to secure his signature.