Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United Need to Add Bite in Middle [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United Need to Add Bite in Middle [City Region]

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UNITED are considering signing a box-to-box midfielder as they prepare to lose Marouane Fellaini.

The Reds are close to completing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder Fred, and are intent on making an attack-minded addition to their midfield if Fellaini leaves in the summer.

Fellaini, 30, is approaching the final month of his deal and United have made no progress during talks over a possible extension since the Belgian rejected a new contract in September.

United admire Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nice's Jean-Michael Seri as options to energise their midfield, but believe Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is too expensive.

The 23-year-old Serbia international is contracted to Lazio until 2022 and the Italian club value him at more than €100m. …

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