Manchester United have reportedly set their eyes on Shakhtar Donetsk starlet Fred to replace Paul Pogba in Jose Mourinho’s midfield.
The Red Devils are preparing to go head-to-head with the newly crowned Premier League Champions and their noisy neighbours, Manchester City, who are also said to be in pursuit to land the highly rated Brazilian.
According to the report by Mirror, the Special One wants ‘a more tactically disciplined midfielder and a player he can rely on’, the qualities which he’s unable to find in the Frenchman.
It was reported that the Portuguese tactician ‘is running out of patience’ with the former Juventus star, and is preparing to offload him in the summer to bring in reinforcements that suit his style of play.
Pogba’s inconsistent performances have seen him drop to the bench or taken off in seven of his last 11 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit.
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Meanwhile, Fred appears to be the top contender to fill-in Pogba’s shoes, if the France international does get offloaded by Mourinho. Furthermore, his agent and former Arsenal midfielder, Gilberto Silva, has confirmed the midfielder’s wish to come to the Premier League.
United won’t be the only club in the market to acquire the Brazilian’s signature, though, as one of his well-known admirers, Pep Guardiola, is also keen to bring the 25-year-old to the Etihad next season.
Shakhtar have put a hefty price tag of £50 million on their prized possession, but given the fact that both the Mancunian giants could pay off the suggested fee quite comfortably, the Ukrainian club might be tempted to increase the asking price.
Nonetheless, City’s recent restraint to splash a huge amount of cash on players could see Guardiola drop-out of the race altogether if the Miners do increase Fred’s price.
Also, it is yet to be seen whether the officials at Old Trafford would sanction a sale for Pogba, who cost them £89m a couple of years ago.