Fred: United made a big bid for me

Shakhtar's Fred to move to Manchester United for EUR 50 mln

Shakhtar's Fred to move to Manchester United for EUR 50 mln

Twitter user Jonathon posted a clip showing him searching for Fred's name in Norwood's list of people following. The fee could top £50 million with add ons.

Fred told reporters: "There was a possible transfer to City".

The Guardian's Fabrizio Romano reports the Red Devils have reached a £50 million deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for Brazil worldwide midfielder Fred. While the two share a creative streak and a good range of passing, that's where the similarities stop.

"It is an honour to have the attention of the great coaches of Europe".

The Brazil global is linked with a move to United, with champions Manchester City having nearly landed the 25-year-old in January. United are in desperate need of a midfielder with good ball-winning qualities as well as a desire to push forward, so should he join, Fred could prove the ideal foil for Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

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But United will now look to push through a deal while Fred is in the UK, with the Brazilian - and the rest of his teammates - holed up in Tottenham's training facility until June 8.

Often compared to compatriot Fernandinho, especially when linked to City, Fred's style more closely resembles that of Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté, but with more creativity.

Fred is also capable of protecting the defense, something Nemanja Matic had to do alone last season. He has made 156 appearances for Shakhtar, scoring 14 goals and winning three Ukrainian Premier League titles.

Fred himself confirmed Mourinho's interest recently by saying his agents were contacted after a January move to Manchester City collapsed. Their closest rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool enjoyed great success in the 2017/18 campaign.

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

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