Manchester City latest: Ex-manager hails ‘model professional’ and Brazil star linked

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Reported Manchester City target Fred did his chances of a move no harm with two more goals in last night’s Confederations Cup final.

The 29-year-old Brazilian currently plays for Fluminense and there were a number of reports yesterday about City’s possible interest. No fee has yet been reported, but should he continue his fine recent form, Manuel Pellegrini may just bag himself a bargain replacement for the departed Carlos Tevez.

Speaking of the Argentinian, former manager Roberto Mancini has called him a model professional – despite their infamous Champions League bust-up.

The now departed Italian has also tipped Tevez to be a success at his new club Juventus.

In three-and-a-half years together he never gave me any trouble,” Mancini said.

My quarrel with him? There was a momentary outburst, and maybe at that time Carlos was thinking about leaving the club, but after that there were no similar episodes.”

Mancini also believes Tevez can help his new club retain the Serie A title.

One striker who may be making the reverse journey is Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo after the 27-year-old criticised his manager on Twitter, calling him incompetent.

Osvaldo is also believed to be interesting Tottenham and Atletico Madrid, but is said to be on Pellegrini’s not-so-short shortlist.

Madrid are said to see the player as an ideal replacement for Radamel Falcao, so if City do want to sign the Roma player, they may have to act swiftly.

And finally, Aleksandar Kolarov may not be on his way to Juventus as was widely reported. Now Galatasaray are said to be interested in the defender, who seems certain to leave the Premier League this summer.

While the Italian champions are believed to be seeking an initial one-year loan with the option of a permanent deal thereafter, the Turkish side have reportedly bettered the Bianconeri’s offer.

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