Manchester United are hoping to secure the services of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred this summer. According to recent reports, the Red Devils are ready to step up their interest and make a move for the Brazilian talent when the transfer window opens in the summer.
Some sources are now claiming that Fred has a release clause in his current contract with the Ukranian side, which is believed to be in the region of €60m (£52.89m). Recent reports suggest that Shakhtar will only entertain offers that meet their valuation of the player. The Brazilian’s contract with the Donetsk-based team is set to expire in the summer of 2023 so the Ukrainians will be under no pressure to sell their prized asset in the upcoming summer transfer period.
United are on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, who has retired recently and Fred could fit the bill perfectly. Fred has been a standout performer for Shakhtar Donetsk over the last few years and has caught the eye with some scintillating displays over the course of this campaign. However, United could face stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain in pursuit of the Brazilian ace’s signature this summer.
The Reds of Manchester has finished their league campaign with a healthy tally of 81 points after 38 matches in the English top-flight. Mourinho’s men are currently preparing for an important clash against Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday. They are in dire need of some fresh faces this summer if they are serious about challenging for the league title next year.
The addition of Fred will undoubtedly bolster Mourinho’s midfield options ahead of the new season. United have an array of midfield talents such as Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini competing for a place in their first-team. The potential acquisition of Fred will definitely strengthen the Red Devils midfield and add more competition for places within Mourinho’s squad.
The 25-year-old midfield enforcer has made 37 appearances for Shakhtar this season, scoring 4 goals while grabbing 7 assists in all competitions. At 25, the Brazilian is yet to hit his peak years which United could look to capitalize on, in the coming years. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Fred and whether he ends up plying his trade at Old Trafford next season.