The top story on leading Brazilian website Globo Esporte on Sunday is news that Manchester City are considering a move for Brazilian international centre-forward Fred.
Manchester CIty are in the market for a new attacker having sold Carlos Tevez to Juventus in recent days, while the Citizens pursuit of Edinson Cavani now seems dead in the water after rumours broke that the Uruguayan agreed an €8.5 million deal per season on a five year contract with Chelsea.
Manuel Pellegrini has thus turned attentions to Fred, however it is worth noting that the Brazilian media outlet is basing it’s knowledge on gossip spread by the Daily Mail over the past 24 hours.
Fluminense’s Fred is being widely targeted after a successful Confederations Cup campaign. The striker has scored nine goal in nine matches for the Selecao, and the attacker’s physical style of play would seem a natural fit for the English Premier League.
Moreover, unlike most proven international goalscorers on the market, Fred is very cheap. The attacker is reported to have a €2 million release clause in his contract, which is virtually peanuts in today’s modern transfer scene.
So will the deal happen?
The only obstacle to the deal happening is that Fred is demanding that any team who signs him plays him. The 29-year-old Brazilian is unwilling to move to a club only to become a benchwarmer, and it’s not clear whether Fred would usurp the likes of Edin Dzeko to play alongside Sergio Aguero week in, week out next season.
Moreover, it’s also unknown whether Fred will be willing to give up his lifestyle in Brazil with the striker a regular hit with the ladies in his home-country.
Fred has been at Fluminense since 2009, during which time he has amassed 104 goals in 152 appearances.