Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of signing Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of the season. The 25-year-old had been on the radar of Manchester City in January but a deal failed to materialise with Pep Guardiola opting to sign defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao instead.
Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin has since suggested that the enforcer could make a move to one of the Manchester clubs and according to M.E.N, United are seemingly leading the pursuit with City more keen on signing Napoli’s Jorginho.
Mourinho has already revealed his plans to pursue at least one midfielder with Michael Carrick due to hang uo his boots during the summer. Fred has had a standoff campaign in Ukraine where he has impressed with his passing range as well as defensive contribution and he would not doubt provide the ideal competition.
United are currently in a solid position with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic occupying the midfield three but the added competition within the ranks is a must, if they are compete for the Premier League crown next term.
The £40million-rated midfielder Marouane Fellaini has also been associated with a probable exit from Old Trafford and his departure may witness United pursuing another experienced option despite possessing the uprising talents of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira in the squad.