Man City ramp up signing of attacking force Abner Vinicius to give Pep Guardiola thrilling new weapon

Man City have scouted Brazilian Under-23 international Abner Vinicius as they consider a move to remedy a rare weakness in Pep Guardiola’s side, per a report.

Very few areas of Man City’s expensively assembled squad can be deemed under-strength. However, given the indefinite absence of Benjamin Mendy, Pep Guardiola is has been left relatively short at full-back.

Just Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko represent genuine full-back options in the first-team squad. Cancelo is equally adept at playing on either side, though a club like City always aim to have a minimum of two premium options for every position.

As such, The Telegraph (via HITC) reveal Brazilian left-back Abner Vinicius is being eyed as a potential solution.

The 21-year-old plays for Athletico Paranaense in his native Brazil. Despite his age, he is vastly experienced having racked up 99 senior appearances in his career thus far.

He has featured three times for Brazil’s Under-23s since 2019 and is touted by the outlet as better going forward than defending. According to Spanish outlet Marca, he is also known for his superb stamina when marauding up and down the flank.

Abner perfect for Pep

Given City’s playing style which places great emphasis on their full-backs in attack, that profile would fit like a glove at the Etihad.

As such, City are reported to have ‘sent scouts’ to monitor the youngster with Guardiola now seeking reinforcements at left-back.

The Telegraph add further fuel to the fire with their claim that Abner is being ‘tipped to leave for Europe’. A move to the higher standards in a European league is seemingly the next logical step for his development.

Mna City are no strangers to buying directly from South America. Gabriel Jesus and Douglas Luiz were both bought from Brazilian clubs, and Abner could be next in line.

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