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Manchester City ready £67m bid to beat Paris Saint-Germain to midfield signing

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Manchester City and their glittering squad are the envy of most of the Premier League right now.

The joint league leaders alongside Manchester United have racked up 22 goals in seven outings to create a five-point gap over their nearest rivals in Tottenham.

Pep Guardiola is under serious pressure to win his first piece of silverware in England having signed over £415 million worth of new players since taking over in February last year.

After coming up empty-handed at the completion of his first season in charge, the former Barcelona boss sought to undertake one of the most expensive squad overhauls in history.

City’s bill for the 2017-18 summer transfer window stands at roughly £225 – a figure that will be used to scrutinise them unless they secure at least one major honour by May.

There’s no doubt Guardiola has at last discovered a way for his collection of superstars to click on the pitch, which provides a big boost to their Premier League and Champions League hopes.

Despite his team currently boasting a goal difference of 27 across all competitions, the City boss is already making plans to bolster his expensive array of options.

Guardiola bears no obvious weaknesses in his formidable squad, yet he’s willing to head-to-head with Paris Saint-Germain for a midfielder generating widespread interest.

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French publication LE10 Sport, per Manchester Evening News, claims City are prepared to offer £67 million to beat their Parisian counterparts to coveted Monaco star Fabinho.

Both clubs offer a strong Brazilian presence; Neymar, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Motta and Lucas are at PSG, while Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus reside in Manchester.

Equally competent at right-back, the natural midfielder would also be in the running for regular first-team football in either position at City or PSG.

While it’s difficult to determine which destination seems to be the best fit for Fabinho, his four seasons of Ligue 1 experience must count for something.

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The Brazil international has earned four senior caps to date but, yet to receive a call-up in 2017, he must do more than generate transfer speculation to book his place at the 2018 World Cup.

Monaco do offer Champions League football and a genuine chance to defend their league title, but perhaps Fabinho could benefit from starring on a bigger stage with City or PSG.

Do City really need to spend £67 million on Fabinho? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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