Manchester United also are in the market for a Brazilian midfielder with a 1920s English name, as they continue to monitor Arthur's situation at Gremio, according to the Daily Mail.
Barring an epic collapse, City will spend the rest of the season focused on the historic implications of their remarkable campaign.
It's amazing how quickly some people move on after they've had a bit of a break up.
Johnson played in midfield for Bristol City when these two sides in met in this competition over a decade ago and was the sole survivor from that night, save his kitman and former team-mate Scott Murray.
The story says that Mourinho would consider Fred as a signing to help free up Paul Pogba's role in the Manchester United midfield.
In a season when City have set numerous records, Guardiola now as his own by winning the award for a fourth time.
Manchester City went close to breaking the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark when a flowing move concluded with Bernardo Silva's goal-bound shot taking a deflection off a Bristol City defender.
Manchester City, nevertheless, should have scored the opener and broke Bristol City's resolve.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sportingly congratulated his Bristol City counterpart Lee Johnson at the end. "We win many games in the last minutes because we don't give up", City manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports.
The hosts turned the screw as the half progressed forcing a series of corners but without the end reward.
"We're still in the contest".
While there is no doubt positive news in the pursuit of Fred, there is negative news in another pursuit.
Paris Saint-Germain resumes its quest for the French league title with a nine-point lead, but amid some turmoil caused by Edinson Cavani's late return from his holidays.
It is understood that Mourinho is also chasing Valencia's Carlos Soler and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez, but the latter's release clause of 140 million might deter further advances.
Leverkusen has lost only one of its last eight home games against Bayern and has made a solid start to the season under new coach Heiko Herrlich.
Cavani, the league top scorer with 19, was not included in Unai Emery's squad for matches against Rennes and Amiens in domestic cups and it's still unclear whether the Uruguay forward will be used on Sunday at fifth-place Nantes.
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