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Manchester City 'cool interest' in Fred

Manchester City 'cool interest' in Fred
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Manchester City reportedly decide to drop their interest in Brazilian midfielder Fred, paving the way for Manchester United to sign him instead.

Manchester City are reportedly unlikely to bid for the services of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred this summer due to a disagreement over the proposed transfer fee.

Pep Guardiola's side had been tipped to land the 25-year-old in the January transfer window, having identified him as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, but the move failed to materialise.

Last month it was claimed that City had agreed a £44.5m deal to bring in the Brazilian ahead of next season but according to The Times, City have now abandoned their pursuit of the player and have moved on to other targets.

The newspaper cites sources as saying that it is "unlikely" that Fred will move to the blue half of Manchester next term and the club are instead looking at the likes of Borussia Dortmund youngster Julian Weigl to bolster their options in the middle of the park.

City's alleged decision to drop interest in Fred means that he could instead be set for a move to Manchester United, who are believed to have scouted him extensively in the last few months and are in the market for replacements for Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini.

Earlier this week Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin insisted that Fred will be moving to one of the two Manchester clubs this summer.


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Fred in action for Shakhtar Donetsk in September 2016
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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