Manchester City will turn their attention to Brazilian international Fred if they fail in their attempts to sign Edinson Cavani, the Mirror understands.
Carlos Tevez’s departure to Juventus has left new manager Manuel Pellegrini with just two recognised strikers ahead of the new Premier League season.
Fred, who scored a brace in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final victory over Spain, will be allowed to leave Fluminese if the price is right.
He moved to his native Brazil having spent three and a half seasons in France with Lyon, who released him from his contract in 2009 after scoring thirty-four goals in eighty-five Ligue 1 appearances.
The 29 year old has just eighteen months remaining on his current deal, so a fee of around £7million is likely to be enough to persuade head coach Abel Braga to do business.
Cavani remains City’s number one target, though the club are currently trailing Chelsea in the race to sign the Napoli striker.