Manchester City

This £36m-rated lynchpin is the final piece of the puzzle for Manchester City

Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are relaxing and enjoying the remainder of the Premier League season after they watched their side hold that famous trophy aloft. Indeed, after two years of hard work under their new project, it all proved to be worth it. 

Pep Guardiola invested heavily in his squad during the summer window, and the majority of his new recruits have been a hit since making a move to England. City’s squad strength is miles above their Premier League rivals, but the Spaniard believes they are still in need of one or two signings when the window reopens.

City must avoid the mistakes made by Chelsea if they are to be the first side since Manchester United in 2008 to win the Premier League title two years on the spin. Guardiola must surely be targeting a new holding midfielder to ease the defensive responsibility from Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva’s shoulders. Fernandinho is the only senior defensive midfielder currently at the club and, at 33, could certainly do with the help.

With that in mind, high on Guardiola’s wish list should be Monaco midfielder – Fabinho. The Brazilian is valued at £36m by Transfermarkt and has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past. With Kylian Mbappe leaving the club in the summer and Thomas Lemar also linked with an exit, Fabinho could decide to depart.

Primarily a holding midfield, the 24-year-old can also play at right-back making him a versatile option which Guardiola is extremely fond of. He has won more tackles, made more blocks and interceptions than all of City’s current midfielders according to Squawka. Despite being a defensive midfielder, the Brazilian has created more chances on average than both Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan.

He would surely cost City upwards of £50m but would give them a massive boost as they look to defend their Premier League crown.

Manchester City fans, is Fabinho the missing piece in the City midfield? Let us know!

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