Manchester City to drop Fred interest

Manchester City to drop Fred interest

Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has claimed that Manchester United are still in the race to sign Fred, also a summer target for Manchester City.

The 25-year-old's impressive form has led to interest from the Premier League as United and City have both been strongly linked with the midfielder in recent months.

Fred himself has hinted his mind isn't made up on which club he would rather join. "If he asked us to stay another year, we'd let him".

'If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho will be in the market for midfield reinforcements over the summer ahead of Michael Carrick's retirement and Marouane Fellaini's probable departure. Julian Weigl has been scouted intensely by Manchester City and he now looks like the more favourable option.

Runaway Premier League leaders City aren't quite as challenged in the engine room, so much so that a talent like Ilkay Gundogan isn't even guaranteed a starting place at the Etihad Stadium.

"But, following the 2-0 win at Stoke on Monday night, City fans are waking up to the possibility that they could seal this season's Premier League crown against their nearest rivals". But, the fact that he will be 33 by the time the season ends means it is imperative for the Citizens to sign a potential successor.

"City had appeared in pole position to land Fred this summer after being unable to complete a deal for the Brazilian in January". Or at Manchester United as Chelsea, Arsenal. clubs of great tradition in Europe and England.

Speaking to Turkish reporters Sporx, Palkin said: "Fred will leave in July".

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Fred has been with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar since 2013 and displayed a remarkable level of consistency over the course of five seasons. He is not only a very good player but also a very good professional. "I would like him to have one more year in our team, but he is ready for a stronger league".

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