Monaco right-back Fabinho has held talks with Arsenal and both Manchester clubs, according to his father - and his preference is a transfer to City.
Fabinho's father Joao told French television programme Telefoot that he has spoken to three Premier League clubs over a potential move for his son, who is a key player in Monaco's defence.
He said: "We have talked to Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, we have even been approached by Barcelona, but it didn't go any further.
"We like Manchester United and the work of [Jose] Mourinho, but we have a little soft spot for City."
The 23-year-old defender has been used as a holding midfielder by the Ligue 1 side and has four international caps for Brazil.
He was previously with Portuguese club Rio Ave - who were once managed by Jose Mourinho's father - before a spell at Real Madrid during which he made just one senior appearance.
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Fabinho has previously said he would like to play in England but for now he is remaining focused on his career with Monaco.
"I have a contract until 2021, but the Premier League is a league that interests me and maybe one day I will come and play here," the Brazilian said.
"I know my name was linked with more than one English club but I am happy at Monaco at the moment.
"He [his father] spoke about clubs that I might have been interested in in the past. It's not topical, I don't think about it at the moment."