Fred: United made a big bid for me

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And now the Red Devils have agreed a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Fred.

"You know that we had negotiations with Manchester City this winter and there was an official offer, a very big figure".

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva is now working as Fred's agent and he has confirmed that a move to England is appealing to his client.

The 25-year-old, who has been called up to Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup, was the subject of interest from Man City a few months ago.

Brazil midfielder Fred claims transfer talks with Manchester United is at an "advanced stage" and explained why both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have been interested in his services.

Fred began flirting with United in January, angering City and ultimately prompting them not to sign him, a decision that may come back to haunt Guardiola - though, with the depth of quality now at City's disposal, he's probably better suited to a move to United.

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"We will sell Fred to a good and strong club, do not doubt it", Akhmetov told the Great Football program on Ukraine's Football 1. told the Great Football program on Ukraine's Football 1.

Landing Fred so early in the transfer window would be great business from United, whose fans are convinced a move is inevitable after what they've spotted on Instagram.

"So we will touch our squad but more than spend, spend, spend, we believe in the evolution of our players".

Signed from global for €15M in 2013 where he was already twice a Campeonato Gaucho champion the classy left-footer has been a regular in the Shakhtar side ever since, helping them to two league titles, two domestic cups and three Super Cups.

Often compared to compatriot Fernandinho, especially when linked to City, Fred's style more closely resembles that of Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté, but with more creativity.

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