Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fred Meets with Agent as Reds Try to Secure Midfielder

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fred Meets with Agent as Reds Try to Secure Midfielder

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FRED met his advisor Gilberto Silva at the weekend as United attempt to conclude a deal for the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder.

Fred flew to Brazil last week following his call-up to their World Cup squad amid uncertainty over his Shakhtar future.

United registered their interest after City decided against signing Fred in the January transfer window and Paris Saint-Germain are also monitoring the 25-year-old.

Shakhtar inserted a €60m (£52.89m) release clause in Fred's last contract, which runs until 2023, but the Brazilian is keen on leaving the Ukrainian club.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto represents Fred and suggested in March his client could leave Shakhtar in the summer.

Gilberto said: "Shakhtar Donetsk rely too much on him. He's doing a great job for the club. …

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