Manchester United keen to wrap up £50million January deal for Manchester City target



Manchester United are trying to steal another player from under the noses of neighbours Manchester City, according to reports. The Express claims that the Red Devils are plotting a sensational January swoop for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, who is a prime target for our local rivals.

This news emerges only a few days after we pulled off a major coup by signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. It was largely believed that the Chilean would be moving to the Etihad, following City’s failed attempt to sign him in the summer transfer window. However, United made a late effort to sign him and were able to convince the 29-year old to move to the Old Trafford, landing a major blow to our arch rivals.  

Now, if reports are to be believed, the entire story could play out once again with another South American player being the subject of interest for both the clubs.

The 24-year old Fred has been one of Shakhtar’s best players this season and his performances in the middle of the park have attracted suitors in plenty, with both the Manchester clubs along with Arsenal and Tottenham understood to be monitoring the player.

However, it is also understood that it is the two Mancunian clubs that are leading the chase and are once again set to go head to head in the transfer market. The midfielder, who has been capped 6 times by the Brazil national team, has featured 24 times for the Ukrainian giants, scoring 2 goals and chalking up 4 assists in the process.  

He only signed a new contract with the club earlier this month, extending his stay until the summer of 2023. However, it is believed that a bid in the range of £50million could be enough to convince Shakhtar to let go of their prized asset.

With just a couple of days left for the January transfer window to slam shut, it is unlikely that the player would be on the move this month. However, in that case, United and City are likely to resume their battle once again in the summer.