Pep Guardiola has an interest in Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred as Manchester City plan to bolster their midfield options next summer.

The 24-year-old starred for the Ukrainian champions during last month's Champions League victory over City.

Guardiola was left impressed with Fred and talks have taken place internally as to whether they make a move in the coming months. City have also watched Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl.

City are keen to do business early with the transfer window shutting before the start of next season and also want Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Fred, a Brazil international, is capable of screening a back four but does occasionally chip in with goals.