Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Man United Close To Making Fred A Red

Man United Close To Making Fred A Red

Landing Fred so early in the transfer window would be great business from United, whose fans are convinced a move is inevitable after what they've spotted on Instagram.

Brazil midfielder Fred has revealed he is aware of strong interest from Manchester United. Shakhtar have lined up Maycon from Corinthians as a replacement.

Fred, 25, has been heavily linked with Manchester City, but they have since turned their attentions to Napoli midfielder Jorginho, leaving the way clear for United to negotiate with Shakhtar.

Deal close & United want him before the World Cup.

"You know that we had negotiations with Manchester City this winter, and there was an official offer - a very big figure", said Akhmetov. Fred is pretty quick and that would definitely prove handy for Manchester United in the fast-paced Premier League. This will be a market price, the fair price and it will be beneficial both for the club inviting Fred and for us.

During Shakhtar's Champions League campaign, Fred ranked top in their squad for passes completed (443), tackles won (18) and dribbles completed (23). The player arrived with a lot of potential, but he hasn't quite lived up to the reputation.

Additionally, the midfielder has been the subject of transfer speculation for across town rivals Manchester City.

Fred is a central midfielder who has impressed during his time with the Ukrainian club.

Although Pogba and Mourinho are rumoured to have fallen out, it would be a major surprise if United's no.6 were sold this summer.

Fred is likely to provide plenty of competition for United's other midfielders.

Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Willian from Chelsea are also understood to be on Mourinho's transfer shortlist.

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