Manchester United Reportedly New Favourites to Sign Fred Ahead of Rivals City
Manchester United have reportedly moved ahead of rivals Manchester City and into pole position to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred this summer.
James Ducker of the Telegraph wrote that City, who came close to signing Fred in January, have “cooled their interest” in the Brazilian, leaving the Red Devils to steal a march in the hunt for his signature.
Ducker’s report included quotes from Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin, who assured Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport Manchester will be the player’s destination: “Fred will leave this summer. 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.”
Earlier in March, Fred also confirmed to ESPN Brasil that a summer move to England would be to his liking, although he was less committal when naming clubs he’d choose to represent, via Sport Witness:
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Fred reveals Manchester City offer, but teases with other Premier League clubs.
“I would be happy to play there… or at Manchester United as well, at Chelsea, Arsenal, clubs of great tradition in Europe and England.”