The Brazilian has been linked to join the Red Devils this summer
Manchester United have prioritized signing holding midfielders this summer as Micheal Carrick have retired from the club and will join Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff. Marouane Fellaini yet to agree on a new deal and likely to leave this summer.
The Red Devils’s have been linked with host of midfielders in recent months and one of them is Shakhtar Donetsk star Fred.
Mourinho has been keeping tabs on the 25 year old since January and the player has impressed him with his consistent performances in the Champions League.
Manchester City have also shown strong interest in him ahead of the transfer window as Pep Guardiola sees him as a long term replacement for Fernandinho. They were close to signing him in January but the deal never took place.
The Brazilian recently confirmed interest from both the Manchester clubs and claimed that he will make a decision about his future after the World Cup.
“I don’t know what I’m going to choose,” Fred said at a press conference on Thursday. “Maybe I’ll decide better after the World Cup.
“My head is entirely with the World Cup.”
“There’s been some advanced talks since January, when I almost went to Man City,” Fred said. “United talked to my staff and Shakhtar.”
“It’s an honour to grab the attention of great coaches in Europe, from Manchester and from our own national team,” Fred said.
The Portuguese manager has seen the path cleared for Manchester United to sign the midfielder Fred, with the Daily Star claiming that Manchester City have pulled out of the race.
United have blown their out of water by making such an offer that they are unwilling to match and are now ready to push through a £53 million for the Brazil International.
Fred joined the Ukrainian team from Internacional for a reported fee of €15 million in 2013.