Shakhtar CEO expects Fred to sign for Man United or Man City

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Fred, 25, has attracted intense interest from United and bitter rivals Manchester City since last summer and Pep Guardiola's side were favourites to land the Brazil midfielder.

Manchester United and Manchester City have crossed each other's path as they are set to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer.

Meanwhile, José Mourinho is also looking to sign the combative Fred after his impressive performance in the Champions League this season, with United's interest in the Brazil global convincing their city rivals to line up other options. Or at Manchester United as Chelsea, Arsenal. clubs of great tradition in Europe and England.

'He is ready for the best championships.

Fred, the 25-year-old Brazil global, has been linked as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho at the Etihad Stadium.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to add a midfielder to his squad in the summer with Michael Carrick retiring and the future of Marouane Fellaini up in the air.

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Asked about the interest from City, Fred told ESPN Brasil: "It existed, yes, and it still exists".

The Premier League leaders were linked with a move for the Brazil global in January though a deal could not be finalised.

Man City have also identified Fred as one of their top targets for the summer, and indeed they tried to complete a deal for him in Februrary - knowing that the Premier League window now closes at the start of August rather than the end, they want to get their deals tied up quickly, but they were unable to agree terms with Shakthar.

I'm still 25, there's a lot to grow and learn, play and observe great players of these clubs. "'In addition to being very good, Fred is very professional".

Guardiola did not talk to me, but there were people from City who talked to my agent. Out of the window we try to forget and focus on football.