Barcelona watch over Arsenal-linked Brazilian full-back Fabinho

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Barcelona have reportedly been to the Stade Louis II to watch over Brazilian right-back Fabinho

Although they can’t make any signings this summer, Barcelona are keeping track of their options, according to Mundo Deportivo, one of those options is Arsenal linked defender Fabinho.

Even though Dani Alves has been linked with extending his contract at the Camp Nou, the younger Brazilian is being monitored by the Spanish giants. The Spanish paper report that Sporting President Ariedo Braida was recently at the Stade Louis II to cast an eye on the 21-year-old.

Although he has played the last two seasons at Monaco, he is actually owned by Portuguese club Rio Ave and has also spent time at Real Madrid Castilla. Still only 21 years old, it has been this season under Leandro Jardim that the Brazilian full-back has really blossomed.

The prospect of a permanent move to Spain may be too tempting for Fabinho to resist, despite The Mirror linking him to Arsenal in March.

His performances in the league have been consistent and impressive, but it’s in the Champions League where he has excelled.

Against Arsenal he played in two different positions over the two-legs and in the quarter-finals, he stepped up to the challenge that Juventus presented, with only a momentarily moment of poor marking from Ricardo Carvalho costing them the tie.

When he is at his natural defensive position he does like to get forward, but it is never at the sacrifice of his defensive duties. With his tall frame and athletic ability, he can compete in the air with larger forwards and outpace wingers.

Linked with a move to Arsenal, the young defender would be seen as a long-term replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, but would be an upgrade on the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin.

With the Portuguese side happy to loan him out to Monaco for two seasons, they wouldn’t likely ask for a huge transfer fee, so he could represent a low budget option for Arsenal in the summer.

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