Manchester City are reportedly unlikely to bid for the services of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred this summer due to a disagreement over the proposed transfer fee.
Pep Guardiola’s side had been tipped to land the 25-year-old in the January transfer window, having identified him as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, but the move failed to materialise.
The newspaper cites sources as saying that it is “unlikely” that Fred will move to the blue half of Manchester next term and the club are instead looking at the likes of Borussia Dortmund youngster Julian Weigl to bolster their options in the middle of the park.
City’s alleged decision to drop interest in Fred means that he could instead be set for a move to Manchester United, who are believed to have scouted him extensively in the last few months and are in the market for replacements for Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini.
United have additionally been monitoring Fred and, with Michael Carrick to retire and Marouane Fellaini anticipated to depart in the summertime, the Pink Devils may just now make a transfer for the midfielder when the switch window opens.
Shakhtar leader government Sergei Palkin has even admitted the Ukrainian membership’s famous person participant is anticipated to depart in the summertime, with Manchester his in all probability vacation spot.
“Fred will depart in June. If to not Manchester Town, then to Manchester United,” stated the membership leader.
“He’s able for the most productive championships. Along with being superb, Fred could be very skilled.”
Fred has additionally made it transparent transfer to the Premier League would assist his building as a participant.
“After all sure. I might evolve,” stated Fred, who joined Shakhtar from Brazilian membership Internacional in 2013.
“Town are an ideal workforce, I might feel free to play there … or at Manchester United as neatly, at Chelsea, Arsenal, golf equipment of serious custom in Europe and England. It’s the most productive league on this planet, I don’t have any doubt, and I consider that my soccer would evolve.