Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Fred will join one of the Manchester clubs in the summer.
Fred has been on the radar of Manchester City for some time and came close to agreeing a deal with Pep Guardiola’s side in January.
And Palkin, speaking to Corriere dello Sport, confirmed that the midfielder would indeed leave for Manchester at the end of the season.
“Fred will leave this summer,” he said. “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.”
Man City have been firm favourites to secure Fred’s signature – as suggested by what Palkin says here – but the Telegraph‘s James Ducker has claimed that the soon-to-be Premier League champions have cooled their interest in the 25-year-old and will instead focus their attention on finding competition for Fernandinho in defensive midfield.
This paves the way for Man United to bring in a player capable of adding some much needed rhythm and precision to the side’s midfield. Wily, surprisingly strong, remarkably efficient, useful in the final third – he will no doubt bring qualities Mourinho’s side currently lacks. And he has recently made it clear that he would jump at the chance to play in the Premier League.
“City are a great team, I would be happy to play there… or at Manchester United as well, at Chelsea, Arsenal, clubs of great tradition in Europe and England,” he said.
“It is the best league in the world, I have no doubt, and I believe that my football would evolve.”