Manchester City to drop Fred interest

Manchester City to drop Fred interest

Asked by worldwide media about 25-year old deep-lying midfielder Fred's future, Shakhtar Donetsk CEO, Sergej Palkin, stated: "Fred will join either Manchester City or United, next summer".

City had identified Fred, the 25-year-old Brazilian, as their primary long-term candidate to replace Fernandinho, the defensive midfielder who turns 33 in May.

City seemingly teed up a deal for Fred by sending striker Olarenwaju Kayode to Shakhtar on loan earlier this month, and Guardiola may still be pursuing a deal.

'If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United. Fred seems set on a move to the Premier League, but doesn't appear to be fussed on which of the team he joins.

Sources close to the deal have told me that City remain interested but United are ready to compete for a player rated very high by Jose Mourinho's scouts - who think he would be ideal next to Nemanja Matic.

Shakhtar's chief executive Sergei Palkin said: "Fred will leave in June". Already considered among the best holding midfielders in Europe, the player still has his best years ahead of him, which is why it is unsurprising that two of the biggest clubs in England are after him. "'In addition to being very good, Fred is very professional".

Writing for ESPN, Mooney believes City fans should be getting excited about the prospect of winning the Premier League title by beating their cross-town rivals United, something he says would be "sweet" for the Blues faithful.

"I'm 25. There's a lot to grow and learn, play and observe great players of these clubs". That would help a lot, to learn by watching them.

Fred has been a superb signing for Shakhtar since joining the club from Internacional in 2013 while he's also broken in to the Brazilian national team having been capped by his country 6 times so far.

"I'm sure that I will evolve in the future and that my agents will help me a lot to make the best decision possible, so that in the next window I am at a Premier League club".