Manchester City to launch £45m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred?

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Manchester City have reportedly decided that they are willing to spend £45m to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.

Mourinho is searching for a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Mourinho said recently: "If - next summer - we are going to sign a midfield player, it's to replace Michael Carrick".

Brazil global Fred has scored two goals in 16 league games for Shakhtar Donetsk so far this season and has also featured six times in the Champions League.

And Mourinho knows he needs at least two players with Carrick likely to leave Old Trafford.

"And Michael is a phenomenal player that, this season he couldn't give us anything at all".

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Fred, 24, is part of Mourinho's plan to bolster his squad with two new midfielders.

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Pep Guardiola had given permission for a £30m offer to be made for the Brazilian either in January or during the summer.

Fred is believed to have been targeted by the Portuguese manager, but is only one of several other players being monitored.

It is understood that Mourinho is also chasing Valencia's Carlos Soler and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez, but the latter's release clause of 140 million might deter further advances.

Fred stands at Shakhtar since July 2013.

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