Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Why Man City Withdrew Interest in Shakhtar Donetsk Midfielder Fred in January

Why Man City Withdrew Interest in Shakhtar Donetsk Midfielder Fred in January

The Brazil worldwide is linked with a move to United, with champions Manchester City having nearly landed the 25-year-old in January.

The Brazilian global loves to take on the defenders and can lead the charge from both side of the pitch.

United photographer Craig Norwood has followed Fred on the social media site, which is pretty big because he supposedly only does that when a deal is finalised.

"We had inquiries for him in the last transfer window, but it didn't happen".

With Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini leaving, the arrival of Fred signals the start of a new era for United.

Fred was a target for Manchester City but sources have told ESPN FC manager Pep Guardiola has moved on to other options including Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

United are also understood to be in talks with Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian.

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However, reports are now claiming Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Fred. But also, a squad with three or four Brazilian athletes, depending on their profile, can not make a great team too.

The stage is set for Mourinho and Fred next season, now let's see if they will shine.

It is suggested City were keen to sign the midfielder still. "And we had enough strength to reject it". The player arrived with a lot of potential, but he hasn't quite lived up to the reputation.

Instead, the most likely scenario will be Pogba lining up in his favoured left-sided central midfield role with Fred on the right and Nemanja Matic sitting in between them.

The Reds, like City, also considered Lazio's Sergej Milinković-Savić, but neither club was willing to spend over €100million.

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