United in fight to make Fred the Red
UNITED face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.
The Reds have intensified their interest in the 25-year-old Brazilian over the past month – but the French champions are considering bidding to reinforce a midfield in need of another mobile defensive player.
Fred’s release clause is understood to be €60m (£52.89m) and Shakhtar are reluctant to budge over their asking price.
Fred is contracted to the Ukrainian Cup winners until 2023 and his stock could soar later this month if he is included in Brazil coach Tite’s World Cup squad and plays well in Russia.
United are pushing to conclude a deal for Fred after City passed on signing him in January. Pep Guardiola turned his attention to central defender Aymeric Laporte.
Fred’s representatives were hopeful United would enter the bidding on deadline day and flew to England on the off-chance of finalising a transfer.
United made contact with Fred’s representatives after the winter window closed and the former Internacional enforcer’s performances have generated approval from club scouts.