Said to be close to signing for Paris Saint-Germain towards the end of the transfer window, Fabinho, also targeted by a number of Premier League sides, ended up staying at Monaco.
Now facing another season with the principality club, there is a near guarantee the Brazilian will be allowed to leave next year, after seeing the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva granted an exit this summer.
And it could be the defensive midfielder gets reunited with his former teammates, as Le10 Sport reckon Manchester City are prepared to provide stiff competition to Paris Saint-Germain.
The French magazine explain Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Fabinho, and while the Spaniard knows the Ligue 1 runners-up have an advantage, he doesn’t want them to run away with it.
Expected to go for at least €75m, the 23-year-old could end up having to make a difficult decision in 2018, three years before his contract with Monaco comes to an end.
Does he rejoin his ex-teammates, who are surely telling him great things about their time at Manchester City, or does he team up with many compatriots (Neymar, Thiago Silva etc…) in Paris?
Le10 Sport’s track record isn’t the best, but this does make some sense, especially as Fernandinho isn’t getting any younger.