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The ‘next Fernandinho’ says he is “waiting for Guardiola’s phone call” amid transfer speculation

Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred starred against Man City in December but may well be a resident at the Etihad in the future

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

There’s a Brazilian box-to-box midfielder at Shakhtar Donetsk who is desperate to join Man City.

Sound familiar?

Your ears burning?

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Your ears burning?

Back in 2013, Fernandinho waved £4million owed to him by the Ukrainian club so he could join the revolution in the blue half of Manchester.

And now history is set to repeat himself after Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred said he is “waiting for Guardiola’s phone call” after being linked with the Premier League champions elect.

The 24-year-old Brazilian international, who has hopes of making Tite’s World Cup squad, impressed in the Champions League against Man City in December.

Shakhtar Donetsk beat Pep Guardiola’s troops 2-1 in Kharkiv and Fred’s energy and ball retention caught the eye of the City boss.

Masterclass

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Masterclass

Last month, the Daily Mail reported that City were considering a bid for Fred with an offer likely to be made in the summer.

However, judging by his comments, the player is keen on a move sooner rather than later.

Which is understandably given there’s a gimme of a Premier League winners’ medal on offer.

Fred’s performances in Europe have impressed in recent times

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Fred’s performances in Europe have impressed in recent times

“England is the most disputed championship in the world,” he said.

“I feel like playing there. It could fit me well. It would be important to play in England with one of the great coaches. It’s a dream I have.”

Not exactly the most subtle come-and-get-me plea we’ve ever heard.

And you can’t help but wonder what Shakhtar make of the situation.

Manchester bound?

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Manchester bound?

Fred is similar to Fernandinho in playing style and could be a long-term replacement for the 32-year-old midfielder who has featured in 212 games for City in the last four and a half seasons.

Gabriel Jesus was persuaded to join Man City over several other top European clubs after a phone call with Guardiola and it seems Fred is waiting for a similar exchange.

Ring, ring.


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