Who should the top six Premier League teams target this summer?
The Premier League is the most gruelling league in the world. The fixtures, the physicality, the competition means that it takes an incredible amount of squad depth to compete and stay relevant in the league.
With the January window coming to a close, some teams got their targets, while others missed out. Here's looking at one player each of the top six teams should look to buy in the summer.
#1 Manchester City - Fred
A short, strong and hardworking player, Fred could be just the man Pep Guardiola needs to pull the strings behind the genius of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva in the midfield. He isn't the most skillful player in the world, but he surely gives his all everytime he steps onto the field. With a wide passing range and awareness on the field makes him a player who'd thrive under Guardiola.
City lack any real cover for Fernandinho. Even though they have Ilkay Gundogan in their ranks, the German international is quite attack-minded and injury prone. Fred coming in would add some steel to City's midfield.
Manchester City were linked with him during the January transfer window, but the price tag set on him by Shaktar Donetsk was deemed too high by the Mancunian club's hierarchy. A summer bid is certainly on the cards.
Looking at Fred's career progression a big money move to the blue half of Manchester seems like the next logical step. Given Fernandinho turns 33 this year, Fred could be a long term replacement for the former Shaktar man.