Monaco defender Fabinho has held talks with Arsenal over a possible transfer, according to his father, who has also claimed interest from both Manchester clubs and Barcelona.
The Brazilian was widely tipped to leave the Ligue 1 side last summer before signing a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2021.
Monaco have impressed this season, sitting top of the table in France and having booked their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League where they will face Manchester City.
Their form has seen a number of their stars linked with moves away and Fabinho’s father has now responded to the speculation surrounding his son.
“We have been in talks with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and approached by Barcelona,” he said via the Manchester Evening News.
“We like Manchester United and Mourinho’s work, but we have a soft spot for Manchester City.”
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Fabinho is a versatile player who can operate at right-back or in a defensive midfield position and his height and power make him a huge asset at both ends of the pitch.
Arsenal already have arguably the best right-back in the Premier League in Hector Bellerin so any move for Fabinho would likely be with a view to him playing in midfield.
That position has caused Arsene Wenger headaches this season largely due to injuries to Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey.
The club invested heavily in Granit Xhaka last summer although he has not quite had the impact the club had surely hoped for when bringing him in.
Whether Wenger would be willing to splash out on another midfielder this summer remains to be seen although having both Manchester clubs and Barcelona in the running is likely to drive Fabinho’s price up.