Man City could turn their attentions to Fred

Fluminense and Brazilian striker Fred, could be on his way to Manchester City, particularly if Manuel Pellegrini is not successful in his pursuit of Edinson Cavani from Napoli.

Fred turns 30 in October and on that basis it is feasible that a relatively moderate fee in the region of £7million would be sufficient in gaining his signature from Abel Brag’s side.

The striker, who still has 18 months remaining on his current contract, has not shown, publicly at least, any desire to leave Rio de Janeiro, stating: “I am doing great at Fluminense and I will only leave the club if there is a really great offer.”

Well if Manchester City to step up their interest, he would be guaranteed said great offer and a vast increase in wages could well entice the player to the City of Manchester stadium.

But as it stands his club have shown no public desire to lose their star player, Fluminense director of football Rodrigo Caetano saying: “Fred is under contract with Fluminense, he is very happy at the club and we are very satisfied with him.”

Fred ended the Confederations Cup with a winners medal and also as top scorer of the tournament.  His two goals in the final against a fancied Spanish side injecting a real belief that Brazil could be real contenders for the World Cup, when they host the tournament next summer.

He ended last season as top scorer in the Brasileiro Seria A, scoring 20 time in 28 appearances and aiding his side to their fourth league trophy.

Fred has had one previous stint in Europe, playing in Ligue 1 with Lyon between 2005 and 2009, having joined the french side after a successful stint with Cruzeiro, when he caught the interest of those at the Stade de Gerland, scoring 24 times in just 43 appearances.

But despite a relatively successful stint with Lyon, scoring 34 goals in 87 apearances in over four years at the club, he requested to leave the club in December 2008 and his contract was terminated by mutual consent in February 2009.

If City do swoop for the forward, it is likely they will meet the valuation Fluminense  place on him and allaying any fears of a return to Europe with a very comfortable financial package.

The reality is that he is most likely a plan B and a lot does depend on whether Pellegrini is victorious in his pursuit of Cavani.  The coming weeks will produce the answer.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.