Midfielder Snubs The Red Devils, Agrees Deal With City

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred.

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Man City are set to land Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, after the Brazilian snubbed the approach made by Man Utd, according to reports.

The 24-year-old moved to Shakhtar for £13.5 million from Internacional back in 2013, and since then, has developed into a tremendous attacking midfielder.

As a result, a host of European elites have Fred on their radar, with Man Utd amongst the clubs to have expressed their interest in signing the Brazil international.

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The Red Devils had reportedly expressed their desire to bring the 24-year-old to Old Trafford at the start of the winter transfer window.


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However, as per latest reports from Arab News (via Metro News), their cross-city rivals Man City seem to have won the race by landing the coveted midfielder.

It was reported that the Cityzens too, were eager on acquiring Fred’s services in order to add more depth to their squad, as they are still competing in four major competitions.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

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And as of now, the Brazilian ace is also keen to join Pep Guardiola, who himself is a well-known admirer of the Shakhtar man, at the Etihad Stadium.

The report further claimed that his signature would cost the Sky Blues £35 million, and the transfer is now a ‘matter of when rather than if’.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian giants are said to be ‘reluctant’ to let one of their stars leave their temporary home, OSK Metalist Stadium. Fred has made almost 150 appearances for Shakhtar, helping the side win 5 trophies in the process.

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Written by Sidharth Jindal  

Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.


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