"However with the spectre of their city rivals hanging over they may find it hard, particularly with City already having a Brazilian entourage who would make it a lot easier for Fred to fit in there".
Manchester United are considering making a bid to sign Brazil global Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk this month, according to reports in the British media.
Fred has lined up against City twice this season, and the Brazil worldwide revealed that he had been approached by Guardiola after one of their Champions League clashes. Shakhtar lost 2-0 in Manchester before they became the first team to beat Pep Guardiola's men in the return match.
While City's interest in Alexis Sanchez is well known, they are still in the market for a new central midfielder. I relaxed and signed a new contract with Shakhtar is five years. My agent didn't tell me anything.
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Fernandinho turns 33 this year and is close to signing a new deal, while Yaya Toure who has hardly featured this term is expected to leave after eight seasons at the club.
However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now.
Shakhtar are holding out for a higher transfer fee, but it is unclear how much will they hold on considering Fred will likely want to see this switch completed if the chances arises.
In comments to Brazilian newspaper "O Globo" Fred announced about prolongation of the contract with Shakhtar.