Revealed: Why Man City Failed To Sign Fred

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

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Manchester United fans are set for some good news in the coming days, as the club is close to signing Brazilian international Fred.

The Reds are expected to be one of the busiest sides in the market this summer, as Jose Mourinho is desperately looking to improve his first team. He has a few particular positions he wants to upgrade, and the midfield area is sure to get some cover.

United could lose Marouane Fellaini before the start of next season, and they also need to replace Michael Carrick, who is no longer an option. This has seen them linked with a number of exciting stars, with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred already set for a move to Old Trafford.

However, Fred, like Alexis Sanchez, was extensively linked with a move to Manchester City not so long ago. Pep Guardiola wanted the Brazilian to add cover to his side in January, but was unable to land him, and the reason for that has now been revealed.

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According to Globoesporte, Manchester City failed to sign Fred in January because Shakhtar Donetsk were not willing to sell their star man mid-way through the season.


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The Ukrainian outfit were active in the Champions League, where they were drawn against AS Roma in the knockout stages, and wanted Fred to be a part of their run.

However, they were eventually knocked out by the Serie A giants in the round of 16, thereby leaving City frustrated.


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The same report also claims that United will be able to sign Fred for £13m less than his release clause, after the midfielder’s agent negotiated a deal following Donetsk’s decision to not sell him in January.

He will travel to the World Cup in Russia, but is expected to be a United player before that. Do you think he is the right man for the Red Devils?

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