Manchester City are reportedly plotting a £45million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Fred.
Pep Guardiola is said to see the 24-year-old as a long-term successor to Fernandinho, report the Manchester Evening News .
This comes following Guardiola’s worries that Fernandinho is playing week-in week-out this season and after Manchester United were also linked with Fred as a replacement for Michael Carrick.
City’s main target this month however, is a centre-back.
Transfer stories from Friday’s Daily Mirror
Manchester City willing to walk away from Alexis Sanchez deal as rivals United are given free run at Arsenal star
Arsene Wenger insists he has no plans to leave Arsenal – and will continue to make right decision for the club
Tottenham lining up contract talks with Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son
Everton boss Sam Allardyce confirms Theo Walcott interest – ‘he would be a great addition’
Eddie Howe brings in Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for pep talk ahead of Gunners clash
Defiant Antonio Conte insists the only way he’ll leave Chelsea is if he’s sacked
Mauricio Pochettino relaxed over Harry Kane’s future as striker closes in on yet another Premier League record
Bullying and racism cases just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for football , warns Kick It Out chairman
Robbie Savage: Arsenal back to bad old days with Alexis Sanchez saga as Man United threaten greatest hijack since Eric Cantona
News and gossip from other papers and sites
West Ham boss David Moyes insists Andy Carroll is not for sale after he was linked with Chelsea (Sky Sport)
Manchester United are not likely to firm up their interest in Jamie Vardy (Leicester Mercury)
Chelsea are looking at Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri or Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as replacements for Antonio Conte (Evening Standard)