Manchester United Football Club are set for another huge summer of spending, with Jose Mourinho continuing to mould the playing squad.
The Red Devils still have work aplenty to do if they want to catch Manchester City, with bringing in at least one midfielder surely the priority.
Now, reported Manchester United transfer target Fred has broken his silence on his future. The current Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has expressed his happiness, while also hinting at a move away from Ukraine upon his return from the World Cup with his native Brazil.
“I’m very happy at Shakhtar. I’ve been working well here but it has been five years.” Fred told SporTV, per the Manchester Evening News.
“I made it clear to the club that I was very happy here but I want to make a bigger leap in my career. There are other clubs interested in England and France. I want to make a bigger leap, I made it clear to the club.”
“Now I just have to wait to get through the World Cup and see which is the best destination. I think I have to change a little. I have dreams of playing in major clubs in Europe. I made it clear that it’s my moment.”
“The club are reluctant to release (me). I have a contract until 2021. As soon as I come back from the World Cup we will sit down, talk and look at the options.”
As you’d imagine, Shakhtar wants to keep ahold of their star midfielder, but sometimes players simply outgrow their clubs; which seems to be the case here.
Having won back-to-back Ukrainian league and cup doubles, perhaps now is the right time for Fred to try his hand elsewhere.
Personally, I’d absolutely love to see him in Manchester United colours. He’s a brilliant, well-rounded midfielder who’d complement both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic perfectly.
With Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini yet to commit to a new deal, it’s pivotal that Edward Woodward pushes at least one midfield signing over the line. It’s always tougher in a World Cup year, and no doubt Fred will be being chased by many clubs, but hopefully, United are right at the front of the queue to sign the 25-year-old.