Manchester United have held fresh talks with Shakhtar Donetsk regarding the possibility of signing midfielder Fred.
Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his midfield options before the 2018/19 season gets underway, with the Daily Star, per The Metro, reporting his interest in the Brazil international.
Apparently, fierce rivals Manchester City were keen on acquiring Fred in January, but they were put off by his wage demands. That gives United the opportunity to swoop in and get their man.
With Michael Carrick retiring, coupled with Marouane Fellaini’s expiring contract, signing a new, elite-level midfielder has to be a priority for Mourinho. Acquiring Fred would be the ideal start to the summer.
Talks regarding a £40million move are now underway, which doesn’t seem too expensive all things considered. It’d be ideal if the club could get the move done and dusted before the World Cup, as the longer this saga drags on, the more teams that could well show an interest in Donetsk’s star man.
We’ve been crying out for that third midfielder to partner Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic all season. Fred could may well be that man, and what an astute signing it’d be if Edward Woodward can pull it off.