Manchester City have cooled their interest in recent midfield target Fred according to reports today by The Times, Goal and Daily Mail.
The news comes as a surprise after City had reportedly been in advanced negotiations to land the 24-year-old Brazil international, but Paul Hirst of The Times writes that the two clubs could not come to an agreement despite City loaning striker Larry Kayode to the Ukrainian giants.
While a deal isn’t impossible it is now rated as unlikely, and fresh reports claim that Manchester United could instead sign Fred, continuing their recent habit of signing City targets.
Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport today, “Fred isn’t already at Manchester City, but he will surely leave in June. If not to City, then Manchester United.
“He’s ready for the next stage, because as well as being good, he’s also very professional. If he asked us to stay another year, we’d let him.”
City are now expected to turn their attentions to other targets, with Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund listed as a primary candidate by The Times.
A host of midfielders other than Fred and Weigl have been linked with a switch to the Etihad in recent months, including Lazio’s impressive Sergej Milinković-Savić, Jorginho of Napoli, and Liverpool star Emre Can who is out of contract in the summer.
City are in considerable need of a new midfielder who can play in a deeper role, with Fernandinho soon to turn 33 and Yaya Touré out of contract in June and leaving the club. The big question now is if not Fred, then who?
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