Journo says 30-year-old star will ‘100% leave’ Manchester United this summer

Manchester United will focus on selling midfielder Fred, with many top clubs interested in a transfer

As revealed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t the Sun) 30-year-old Manchester United star Fred will ‘surely ‘100% leave’ the club this summer as the midfielder is ready to face a new challenge elsewhere.

The 30-year-old has been on the transfer wish list since the start of the ongoing transfer window, with numerous clubs keeping an eye on the player.

However, interest in the midfielder has increased in the past few weeks. Clubs like Fulham and Galatasaray have been the favourites to land the midfield maestro.

Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Fred will 100% leave the club this summer (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred will 100% leave the club this summer (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Even Saudi clubs have been keeping an eye on Fred’s situation at Old Trafford. The club was not active in selling players in the initial phase of this transfer window.

However, after making two significant additions to their squad, the Red Devils are now focused on increasing their budget through player sales.

Fred has been a great servant to United since joining the club in Shakhtar Donetsk in a £52 million deal in 2018. In these five years, he has been a regular player for the Reds, making his presence felt in the centre of the field.

However, the arrival of Dutch boss Erik ten Hag has changed the scenario at the club. Casemiro’s arrival from Real Madrid pushed the South American star to the bench.

Ten Hag continued to prefer Casemiro in crucial games, leaving Fred with only substitute appearances. With the recent links to Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, the No. 17 is all set to leave the club this summer.

Turkish giants Galatasaray have been the favourites to land him. However, their initial bid was rejected, as United stuck with their £20m price tag.

Fred had seen limited game-time at Man United under Erik ten Hag last season (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Fred had seen limited game-time at Man United under Erik ten Hag last season (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

With the Super Lig side facing difficulties landing him this summer, clubs like Fulham and Saudi Pro League teams have also joined the race to sign the experienced midfielder for a cut-price deal.

Man United want to sign another midfielder this summer. But first, they need to offload players like Fred and Donny van de Beek. Although the latter has attracted some attention, the former has already started considering a move away from the Theatre of Dreams.

The Brazilian has been a faithful player for United. Over the years, he has received backlash from fans, but he has continued to work hard in recent times.

Surprisingly, he played well last season under Ten Hag, and his energy was clearly visible on the field. He made 56 appearances last season and contributed six goals and six assists.

With all these experiences he has accumulated over the years, it is the perfect time for him to join a new club and test his creativity. He will be past 30 in some time, and it’s logical for Man United to look for fresh legs in midfield.

Fred's departure will help Manchester United sign Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Fred’s departure will help Manchester United sign Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

However, the Red Devils will need to lower their asking price to increase their chances of selling him in the upcoming weeks.

The management can’t delay this deal, as they will be aware of the fact that they also need to sign Amrabat from Fiorentina.

Fred would be a ready-made player for any other club, and United fans will be happy to see him join a top club this summer. It will be a win-win situation for both the player and the club.

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However, it remains to be seen whether United will show some flexibility in this deal and provide other clubs with a chance to strike a deal before their new season approaches.