Shakhtar CEO Says That Man City Target Could Join United

Fred is valued at about £40 million

Fred is valued at about £40 million Joosep Martinson Getty Images

While a deal isn't impossible it is now rated as unlikely, and fresh reports claim that Manchester United could instead sign Fred, continuing their recent habit of signing City targets.

Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin has even admitted the Ukrainian club's star player is expected to leave in the summer, with Manchester his most likely destination.

'He is ready for the best championships.

Fred is a defensive midfielder who Pep Guardiola is a big fan off and feels he could be a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

"He's ready for the next stage, because as well as being good, he's also very professional".

The 25-year-old came also close to joining neighbours City during a hectic transfer window but Pep Guardiola's side had two bids rejected. If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United.

United and City locked swords in pursuit of Alexis Sanchez in January, with the Red Devils ultimately emerging victorious, and they may be about to scrap it out for another high-profile addition. In the middle of the year, we wait to see what will happen'.

Fred's Shakhtar crashed out of the champions league on Tuesday night after a 1-0 defeat to Roma.

Asked about the interest from City, Fred told ESPN Brasil: "It existed, yes, and it still exists".

"I'm 25. There's a lot to grow and learn, play and observe great players of these clubs".

Former Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu was confident Fred would join City at the end of the season.

Guardiola did not talk to me, but there were people from City who talked to my agent. "It is the best league in the world, I have no doubt, and I believe that my football would evolve", he added. Out of the window we try to forget and focus on football.

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