Manchester City bid £45million for Shakhtar's Fred

Manchester City bid £45million for Shakhtar's Fred

Manchester City bid £45million for Shakhtar's Fred

It's believed Shakhtar are holding out for a higher fee, however, with Guardiola determined to recruit the player he has earmarked as Fernandinho's long-term replacement.

Seri was one of the star men for Nice last season, as they launched an unexpected title charge under manager Lucien Favre.

According to the information portal "Transfermarket", Fred's new agreement with "Shakhtar" is calculated up to 30 June 2023.

The Brazilian has been linked with both Manchester clubs in the last week, with United known to be in the market to find the long term replacement for the ageing Michael Carrick.

"He's in the end of his career, so if next summer we buy a midfield player, it's not to improve our squad, it's to replace Michael Carrick".

The same report says that Mourinho has identified Fred as a top transfer target because he wants to increase his tactical options in the centre of midfield.

The Brazilian breaks up play, wins the ball back and is adept in possession too, meaning he knits together so many positive aspects of the team's play.

The German midfielder also revealed the manager's advice for him, saying: "I needed a little time to settle, to know the Premier League, the people here, how they are and to know the players". Chelsea are interested in appointing either Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri or Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri to replace Conte... I relaxed and signed a new contract with Shakhtar is five years.

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