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The 29-year-old has just completed an impressive Confederations Cup campaign with his country, and with Manuel Pellegrini on the look-out for a new frontman, it was no surprise to see the 29-year-old linked with the Blues.
However Fluminense’s director of football Rodrigo Caetano has suggested the player is going nowhere.
“Fred is under contract with Fluminense,” he said, “he is very happy at the club and we are satisfied with him.”
Okay, so perhaps it wasn’t the most categorical of rebuttals but it seemed to suggest he was staying.
Only the player has left the door open for a “great offer” as players have a tendency to do when they can see the view through the transfer window.
“I am doing great at Fluminense and I will only leave the club if there is a really great offer,” he said.
I looked up “great offer” in the Footballer’s Dictionary and apparently it has a lot to do with money.
With Napoli desperate to get every last penny for the prolific Uruguayan, they will be happy the French champions have thrown their hat – along with a cheque for £50million – into the ring.
In short, City will have to break the British transfer record if they want to sign Cavani, which they won’t, because they could spend their cash more wisely elsewhere.
From potential arrivals to confirmed departures – with Kolo Toure officially becoming a Liverpool player after his City contract expired.
And another defender may also be leaving, with Galatasaray said to have offered £1.25million to take Aleksandar Kolarov on loan next season, with the option to make the deal permanent for £5million.
It is an almost identical offer to the one said to be on the table from Juventus, a club the player has already hinted he would like to join this summer.
And finally, midfielder Abdi Ibrahim will remain on loan at Norwegian club Stromgodset until the end of the year.
The 22-year-old has already made 32 appearances for his temporary club since joining them in August.
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