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

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

To top it, Mourinho has excluded Heinrilh Mkhitaryan from his plans as the Armenian looks set to depart Old Trafford as soon as this January.

"It's really nice to see how it will go".

Three points separates Manchester United in second place and Liverpool, with Chelsea between them in third.

Their display, combined with their elimination of Manchester United in the previous round, suggest they still stand an outside chance of reaching a Wembley final when the two teams reconvene at Ashton Gate in a fortnight's time.

That comes in the form of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez who was thought to be moving to the Etihad this month. So most of the intrigue for the remainder of the season could lie in the fight for Champions League qualification behind City.

Manchester City, nevertheless, should have scored the opener and broke Bristol City's resolve.

Fred is in his fifth season with Shakthar following his £14-million move from Internacional in 2013, and has completed 90 games for the club so far.

The hosts turned the screw as the half progressed forcing a series of corners but without the end reward. City hasn't won there in the league since 2003.

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Aden Flint ensured the Championship side went into the break 1-0 up when he produced a superb header to clear over his own bar as Raheem Sterling's shot looked destined to bring the sides level.

The 32-year-old has played a key role for City this season, but it has been suggested that Guardiola is wary over the amount of games that the central midfielder has competed in since August.

— By Steve Douglas in Manchester.

The goalkeeper atoned a few short minutes later with a pass that initiated the equaliser.

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If the player has the same effect that Fernandinho has on the Man City side, he would certainly be worth the money.

Guardiola and his team lost 1-0 at their last trip to Anfield Stadium, thanks to a goal from Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. Aguero was eventually brought on, moments after Sterling had fired straight at Fielding from point-blank range.

"That is our target, and to show courage". It was a late reprieve that Manchester City's finishing and Bristol's otherwise resolute defending had not deserved.

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