Fred has also made it clear that a move to the Premier League would aid his development as a player. If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United. "It is the best league in the world, I have no doubt, and I believe that my football would evolve".
James Ducker of the Telegraph wrote that City, who came close to signing Fred in January, have "cooled their interest" in the Brazilian, leaving the Red Devils to steal a march in the hunt for his signature.
"I would like him to have one more year in our team, but he is ready for a stronger league".
At Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini's imminent departure and Michael Carrick's impending retirement can potentially leave Mourinho strapped for options in midfield, especially with Ander Herrera's future up in the air as well.
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Fred is a defensive midfielder who Pep Guardiola is a big fan off and feels he could be a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
Manchester United or Manchester City?
"Fred will leave in July", Palkin told Corriere dello Sport. City were favourites to sign the midfielder but Palkin has thrown spanner in the works with his comments and United fans will now be fancying their chances of landing the Shakhtar midfielder.
So that suggests Manchester United have expressed their interest in the 25-year-old, which would make sense considering their need for a midfielder. He is not only a very good player but also a very good professional.
The City squad landed in Abu Dhabi for a warm-weather break on Monday morning, with Guardiola keen on team bonding exercises.