According to The Times, Manchester United have a free run to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, with Manchester City withdrawing their interest in the Brazilian.
City initially saw Fred as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho and were close to agreeing a £40m deal, but the move broke down and now they’re looking at other targets – Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl.
This is good news for United, with the Red Devils desperate to bolster their midfield due to how many players could be leaving this summer.
Michael Carrick has announced he’ll retire at the end of the season, Marouane Fellaini is out of contract in three months and Paul Pogba has been linked with Real Madrid.
Fred is a combative player who can create chances and drive with the from deep. The 25-year-old has impressed in the Champions League with Shakhtar, averaging a tackle or interception every 22 minutes while making 23 successful dribbles in the eight games.
Shakhtar’s chief executive Sergei Palkin said: “Fred will leave in June. If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United. He is ready for the best championships. In addition to being very good, Fred is very professional.”
United can certainly afford £40m for the midfielder, so they could well land Fred’s signature in the coming months now City are out of the picture. The Brazilian may be one of many through the door this summer too.