Manchester United target Fred breaks silence and reveals 'dream' transfer

Ruben Hill
May 16, 2018

Manchester City have ended their interest in signing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred with Pep Guardiola instead choosing to move for Napoli's Jorginho, Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte reports.

Fred, 25, was City's main midfield target in January and moves were made to strike a deal before Shakhtar chose to hold on to the all-action Brazilian until the end of the Ukrainian season.

Regarded by many observers as the key figure in a Shakhtar side that has just secured back-to-back Ukrainian Premier League and Cup doubles, Fred is keen to develop his career at one of western Europe's leading clubs. I want to make a bigger leap, I made it clear to the club.

"I think I have to change a little".

The midfielder admits there's interest in him from France and England and he insists it would be a dream of playing for a "major" club in Europe.

"The club are reluctant to release [me]".

United's rivals Manchester City are also said to be interested in getting Fred on-board as they strengthen their title-winning squad.

Fred has been in excellent form since joining Shakhtar from Internacional in 2013 and he's been named in the Brazil preliminary squad ahead of this summers World Cup finals.

While a potential move to join compatriots Neymar and Marquinhos at Paris Saint-Germain has been touted as well.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in recruiting two central midfielders this summer. I made it clear that it's my moment.

Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind are both expected to leave, while Luke Shaw only has a year left on his deal and is surplus to requirements.

With Manchester City's withdrawal, it's Manchester United who would now have a clearer path to sign the Shakhtar player.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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