The Manchester City fans are feeling confident about their aspirations for silverware this season despite the fact that they missed on the purchase of Alexis Sanchez this month.
Although the resident Citizens in the tavern are naturally disappointed by their club’s decision to pull out of a potential deal for Sanchez, they trust that the club ultimately made the correct call in the circumstances. Now that the Sanchez saga has come to its conclusion, Guardiola can focus his attention on other areas of his squad which are most in need of strengthening before the end of the January window.
City currently have a mini injury crisis at left-back due to the injuries of Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy, but Guardiola could be set to face another crisis if he fails to secure the signature of another central midfielder to support Fernandinho this month.
Guardiola has relied heavily on Fernandinho to play in a defensive midfield role for the club so far this season, as Yaya Toure has only been used sparingly to occasionally cover the Brazilian.
However, Fernandinho is now 32-years-old, so it’s important that Guardiola allows him to rest from time to time so that his midfield general avoids burning out in the near future. Fortunately for Fernandinho, it appears that City’s hierarchy are attempting to strengthen in his position this month, as according to Arab News (via Metro), The Citizens are close to agreeing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.
It is more than likely that Fred (valued at at £17.1 million by Transfermarkt), will be brought to the club to eventually replace Fernandinho in the years to come, but in the short-term his arrival will help ease the burden that is currently placed up his fellow countryman.
Fernandinho is City’s most consistent, and consistently underrated player, so Fred will have a huge task attempting to replace him, but his arrival from Shakhtar will undoubtedly help ease the reliance on Fernandinho and enable him to extend his career at the highest reaches of the game.
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