Forget Fred: Man City should replace Fernandinho with £25.2m-rated Liverpool star

The Manchester City fans have been delighted with the performances of their midfield general Fernandinho so far this season.

Since his move from Shakthar Donetsk in the summer of 2013, Fernandinho has been one of City’s most consistent performers in the centre of midfield. There were some doubts lingering at the club due to his hefty price tag and lack of exposure in an elite European league, but he has firmly put those doubts to rest and proven it is possible to make the step up from the Ukrainian top-flight to the English top-flight.

Despite Fernandinho’s tremendous physical capabilities at the age of 32, there is no doubt that he will eventually begin to struggle to cope with the demands of playing for City and need replacing in the near future

With that in mind, it is no surprise to learn that City are reportedly in the market to land Brazilian central midfielder from Shakhtar, as according to The Daily Telegraph, Guardiola is interested in bringing Fred to The Etihad stadium this month in a deal which could be worth in excess of £40 million.

Shakhtar’s defensive midfielder impressed in his side’s performances against City in the Champions League this year, and at just 24-years-old he looks to be a genuine talent for the future.

However, his lack of Premier League experience should be a concern for Guardiola, especially if he is planning on bringing him to the club in the mid-season window.

Alternatively, Guardiola should consider signing Emre Can from Liverpool over a move for Fred this month.

Can is set to become a free agent in the summer of 2018, so Liverpool would certainly prefer to lose him for a fee during January rather than risk losing him for free in the summer. Indeed, the former Bayern Munich youngster is rated at a fairly high £25.2m on Transfermarktgiving fans an indicator on just how much of a bargain this would be.

The German international will need to improve his defensive qualities to directly replace Fernandinho, but the potential he has shown during his career with The Reds suggests he has the ability to thrive under Guardiola in Manchester.


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