Manchester City to launch £45m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred?

Manchester City to launch £45m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred?

Manchester City to launch £45m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred?

Manchester City have made their move for one player today and it could cost them more than £45million if they want to sign him this month.

The 32-year-old has played a key role for City this season, but it has been suggested that Guardiola is wary over the amount of games that the central midfielder has competed in since August.

January transfer speculation is the focus of Saturday's Media Watch as we browse the back pages for the latest Manchester City headlines.

The Brazilian has been linked with both Manchester clubs in the last week, with United known to be in the market to find the long term replacement for the ageing Michael Carrick.

The Brazilian breaks up play, wins the ball back and is adept in possession too, meaning he knits together so many positive aspects of the team's play.

Manchester City will reportedly step up their interest in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, having told the Ukrainian club they are willing to pay £45 million for the midfielder.

Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be admirers of Seri, although they are only willing to pay around €25 million (£22 million) to get the player in.

Meanwhile, Sane has spoken at length with The Guardian's Jamie Jackson, discussing everything from his upbringing, Sunday's trip to Liverpool and winning the World Cup.

The Leicester Mercury have rattled off a whole heap of reasons why Mourinho will explore other options. Chelsea are interested in appointing either Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri or Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri to replace Conte...

With the Spaniard's current deal expiring in 2019, United aim to extend his stay for another five years.

- Robin van Persie is close to securing a return to Feyenoord, according to The Sun. Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Leeds United and Cardiff all want Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton...

Fernandinho is one of City's most important players, as he does such a good job at the base of midfield.

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