Man City attempt to hijack Man United move for Jose Mourinho’s top defensive option

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Man City could reportedly be set to go head-to-head with rivals Man United in the transfer market as the race is on to sign Monaco right-back Fabinho.

Pep Guardiola was active in the summer transfer market, but there is a legitimate argument to suggest that he didn’t go enough to strengthen his side across the board.

As seen in their current four-game winless streak, there are still issues with the squad, and one area in particular that could be criticised is the full back positions.

According to The Sun, the Spanish tactician could be about to address that in January, with Fabinho emerging on his transfer radar despite the fact that the Brazilian ace has long been linked with a move to United.

It’s added in the report that the inability to offload Matteo Darmian cost the Red Devils in the summer as it pushed back a move for Fabinho, but with City now entering the mix, it could be about to become a lot more problematic.

The defence has certainly become an issue for Guardiola given that his side have conceded 10 goals in their last four games against Celtic, Tottenham, Everton and Barcelona, and ultimately it will need to be bolstered at some stage in the future.

With his four first-choice full backs all over the age of 30, Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are evidently not the long term solutions, and it’s claimed that Fabinho is one of four new full backs that the club will target next year with City willing to spend over £100m on the transfers.

Monaco would undoubtedly welcome a bidding war between the two Premier League giants, and so time will tell as to which coach and club Fabinho will pick if he does indeed opt to leave France, with Mourinho likely to be left bitterly disappointed if he misses out.

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