Brazil coach Tite: Pep Guardiola has spoken to me about Shakhtar midfielder Fred…

It’s no secret by now that Shakhtar Donetsk’s all-action midfielder Fred is high on Pep Guardiola’s wish-list of summer reinforcements for his talented Manchester City squad.

The 24-year-old Brazilian international made a positive impression on Guardiola in both of Shakhtar’s Champions League group stage games against the Blues, and in the Round of 16 first leg, scored a beautiful free kick against AS Roma to highlight his worth even more.

City failed to close a deal with Shakhtar for Fred in January, but the recent loan of striker Larry Kayode to the Ukrainian giants was perhaps a precursor to Fred arriving at the Etihad Stadium.

And while Fred has made his views clear, saying he’d love to link up with Guardiola at City, his national team coach Tite has also confirmed Pep’s interest.

It’s only a brief comment in a long read interview by UOL with the Brazil coach, but Tite revealed that Pep has been in touch with him to talk about Fred.

“Fred? He’s played a lot [for Shakhtar],” Tite said. “He is good. In an exchange of cards, Guardiola asked me about him.”

Should a deal be finalised, Fred is expected to cost City in the region of €50million (£44.4million) and will give Guardiola an alternative to Fernandinho in the ‘No. 6’ role with Yaya Touré’s stay at the club set to end with the expiration of his contract in June.

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