Top-flight giants are desperate to find a replacement for the departed Carlos Tevez at Eastlands next season.
Big-spending Manchester City will turn their attentions towards £7 million-rated Fluminense front man Fred if they fail to land first-choice striking target Edinson Cavani this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Premier League outfit had been hoping to tie up a deal for the prolific Napoli centre forward when the transfer window reopened for business at the start of this week, however, the club are now beginning to distance themselves from the £50m-rated player as they seek to avoid getting in a bidding war with both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for the Uruguay international’s signature.
And if that is the case, then new City head coach Manuel Pellegrini has told his new employers to go all out to bring the Brazil international to the north west for next season, with the 29-year-old likely to cost far less than Cavani would.
Fred, who still has two years left to run on his current deal with Fluminense, netted an impressive 30 goals in just 45 games in all competitions for the Rio-based giants last year, while more recently the attacker hit five goals in five matches for his countyry in the Fifa Confederations Cup.