According to The Daily Mail, Manchester City are ready to pip their neighbours United to the signature of Shaktar Donetsk midfielder Fred in the summer.
City have long been linked with a move for the 24-year old Brazilian, but Jose Mourinho is also said to be interested in bringing the player to Old Trafford.
Fred was bought by Shaktar in 2013 from Brazilian club Internacional as a replacement for Fernandinho, who moved to Manchester City in the summer of that year. Now, despite the interest from United, he is set to follow in the footsteps of his Brazilian compatriot, and move to The Etihad in the summer – at least according to his former coach Mircea Lucescu.
Now managing the Turkish national team, Lucescu said”Shaktar Donetsk’s best player is Fred in the centre of midfield. He was a bit anarchic on the left. I moved him in front of the defence. He will go to City like Fernandinho before him”.
The player is expected to cost around £50 million, whoever buys him.
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