Manchester United will reportedly have to trigger a £53m release clause in the contract of Fred, if they are to pursue him from Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of the campaign.
United manager Jose Mourinho has already confirmed that the club would need to invest on a replacement for the retiring Michael Carrick and Fred appears as one of the prime targets for the summer.
According to M.E.N, United have been made known of the player’s valuation but they are likely to face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who are eyeing a replacement for Thiago Motta.
Like Carrick, Motta has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the campaign and they are presently United’s leading competitors for Fred, considering Manchester City have diverted their focus towards Napoli’s Jorginho.
Fred won’t be able to replace Carrick sufficiently based on the latter’s consistency at Old Trafford but the Brazilian is certainly strong with his defensive contribution alongside his passing attributes from deep-lying midfield role.
Manchester United have also been associated with a move for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of late but the Serbian is likely to cost nearly double of Fred’s price tag, which may hamper a summer agreement.