Manchester City close in on Fred deal with Jonny Evans still on the agenda – reports

Manchester City are making progress in their attempts to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, with West Brom skipper Jonny Evans also still a possibility to join the club this month.

A host of reports today claim high-level transfer talks were held on Saturday morning at City, with the club edging closer to a deal for Fred, who could cost between £40million and £50million.

The feeling is that although a deal could be struck this month, the Brazil international may not formally join until the summer, allowing him to see out the Ukrainian league campaign.

Should a deal be concluded, Fred will provide competition for compatriot Fernandinho and replace the outgoing Yaya Touré, who has been used sparingly by Pep Guardiola this season.

After odds on him joining City plummeted during the week, Evans was also discussed as the meeting, but despite movement in the betting market no deal has been done with West Brom yet.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Manchester United, could be sold by West Brom this month but they want up to £25million for him – and City’s pursuit of him is said to be by no means a done deal.

Evans is thought to prefer linking up with Pep Guardiola, which would allow him to continue living in the northwest, but should City not formalise their interest with a bid, the player would prefer a move to Arsenal over fellow suitors Leicester City.

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