Gossip: City line up Fred bid; Arsenal's Malcom boost

Pep Guardiola's priority for this month apparently remains the recruitment of a centre-half, but the City boss is well aware that he needs some back for Fernandinho in central midfield. However, with Shakhtar in the Champions League still-they face Roma in the last 16 next month-you sense they'll be keen to hold their key midfielder until the end of the season at least.

Seri was one of the star men for Nice last season, as they launched an unexpected title charge under manager Lucien Favre.

Manchester City reportedly decide to launch a £45m offer for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, who they want to provide competition in the middle of the pitch.

Transfer rumours is where we'll begin, with the Manchester Evening News claiming City have upped the ante in their reported pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred.

Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be admirers of Seri, although they are only willing to pay around €25 million (£22 million) to get the player in.

It seems the Premier League is now a more likely destination, though, with Arthur aiming to tie up his future and secure a place in Brazil's World Cup squad.

The Leicester Mercury have rattled off a whole heap of reasons why Mourinho will explore other options.

The German midfielder also revealed the manager's advice for him, saying: "I needed a little time to settle, to know the Premier League, the people here, how they are and to know the players".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to sign Alexis Sanchez... I relaxed and signed a new contract with Shakhtar is five years. Man Utd plan to start contract negotiations with David de Gea which would see the keeper become the club's joint-highest earner... Espanyol have already prepared for the departure of their Quique Sanchez Flores to Stoke...

- Robin van Persie is close to securing a return to Feyenoord, according to The Sun. Real Madrid were ready to pay Lionel Messi's 250m euro (£221.7m) buyout clause in 2013...

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