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Shakhtar midfielder Fred: If Manchester City contact me, I hope…

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is reportedly a serious contender to reinforce the Manchester City midfield either this month or next summer, with the Manchester Evening News claiming in recent days that Pep Guardiola is willing to hand over £45million for him.

Fred has openly admitted that he’d love a move to the Premier League. In a recent interview, he declared: “I’m eagerly waiting for Guardiola’s phone call to arrive.

“I think I would grow a lot with him. I can still grow [as a player].

“England is the best league in the world, I’ve always had the dream of playing there. It could suit me well. It would be important to play in England with one of the great coaches. It’s a dream I have.”

In the last day, more quotes have surfaced that show the 24-year-old’s desire to join Manchester City should an offer arrive.

“After our victory against City in the Champions League I met Guardiola,” the Brazil international told reporters. “He congratulated me for qualifying, and he praised Shakhtar as a team. It’s a great pleasure to be acknowledged by a manager of his caliber.

“I have not had any contact with Manchester City [as a club], I’ve been reading the rumours in the press. I hope that if contact occurs, that things [between us] can develop really quickly.”

Fred’s message is clear – if Manchester City want him, he’ll join at the first opportunity. Now it remains to be seen if Guardiola will prioritise the all-action midfielder over other potential targets.

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