Manchester United have reportedly made a contract proposal to Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred as the Red Devils bid to see off competition from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old came close to moving to Manchester City in January but the Ukranian club were reluctant to let the Brazilian leave midway through the season.
City have subsequently cooled their interest in Fred and are instead targeting Napoli star Jorginho this summer. Jose Mourinho wants to sign at least one midfielder this summer to replace the retiring Michael Carrick and will move for a second if Maroaune Fellaini decides against signing a new deal.
United held fresh talks with Fred’s representatives earlier this month and Duncan Castles claims the Red Devils have offered the midfielder a contract.
The Brazilian, who discovered yesterday that he’s in his country’s preliminary squad for this summer’s World Cup, has a £53milllion release clause in his contract but he’s hopeful that his loyalty to the Ukranian club could see them compromising in negotiations with United.
Paris Saint-Germain were recently linked with a move for Fred and their interest could be part of the reason that United have accelerated talk. However, the report claims that Fred’s preference is to move to England and he would choose United over the Ligue 1 giants if given the option.
Mourinho is also interested in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but would prefer to move on the likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian to bolster his budget before splashing out on the Serbian.
Mourinho wants to add Champions League experience to his squad and believes this is a value quality that Fred could bring to his squad.