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Manchester City close to £50m deal for Fred and two highly-rated youngsters – report

Manchester City are on the verge of completing a £50million deal for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred that would see him join on July 1, according to The Times.

There have been multiple reports lately that a deal is struck or close, with Oliver Kay writing in today’s edition of The Times that it isn’t quite there yet, but an agreement is ‘close’.

Negotiations between City and Shakhtar have continued over the past two weeks, with the clubs now thought to be on the verge of agreeing a fee of £50million, which would make the Brazil midfielder the club’s third most expensive signing behind Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne.

Fred is expected to compete against his compatriot Fernandinho for a spot in Pep Guardiola’s team next season, while being groomed as his long-term successor, with the tireless Fernandinho turning 33 in May.

The Times adds that City also have deals struck to sign Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid, Claudio Gomes, as was widely reported in the summer, with the Blues having big plans for the 17-year-old.

Gomes will be joined by Holland Under-20 defender, Philippe Sandler, from PEC Zwolle. Sandler all but confirmed in the January transfer that he was now a Manchester City player, although with no formal announcement by any club, it seems it may not be official until July.

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