Though the Man City fans in the Transfer Tavern recognise that their squad is arguably the strongest in the Premier League, they’re still hoping for a signing or two this month.
Fortunately, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, they could get their wish soon. Di Marzio is reporting over on his website that the Citizens have been locked in negotiations for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred over the last few days, and a deal is now reportedly near – with discussions set to continue. A fee of around €30-40 million (£26.3m-£35.1m) is apparently close to being agreed, whilst an agreement has already been found between the player and Man City.
A move could happen as early as this month, with Pep Guardiola clearly keen to bring the Brazilian in as soon as possible.
Many of our resident Citizens expected Fred to come in over the summer, given that he would be unable to play in Europe and given the fact that Fernandinho would likely start ahead of him this season – but that doesn’t appear to be the plan. Rather, the Spanish manager is clearly keen to get Fred in as soon as possible as he looks to turn him into Fernandinho’s successor – and it’s tough to argue with that plan.
Though he’d be unlikely to be a starter every week, the Brazilian would look to rotate with Fernandinho where possible – whilst also learning to play in the team through a slow and steady introduction.
A move is, of course, yet to be finalised, and so the details could change – but it appears as though Pep Guardiola is edging closer to securing a key transfer.
Fred is the perfect successor to Fernandinho. The pair have had a similar career path so far, and at 24-years-old, the Brazilian is at a prime age to continue to the next stage of his development.
The mooted transfer fee is also pretty good value, especially given how big transfer fees have gotten over the last few years. If this report rings true, this is good news all round for Man City.
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