United in fight to make Fred the Red

Glossop Advertiser - - Sport - Sa­muel Luck­hurst

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.

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