Manchester United to go head to head with Manchester City for Brazilian midfielder this summer – reports

Manchester United are to go head to head with Manchester City to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, according to reports. The Brazilian, who has seven caps for his country, has been strongly linked with both Premier League clubs in 2018 with both seeking a new midfielder to strengthen ahead of the new season. United manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to replacing the retiring Michael Carrick and the departing Marouane Fellaini, whose contract will expire this summer. Pep Guardiola will be looking to cover Fernandinho, Fred’s compatriot.

It has been reported by The Mirror that Fred will cost upwards of £50 million, which seems to be a limit for Guardiola, based on comments he has made on bringing players to the club, suggesting he operates on a budget. Mourinho will be able to pay more than the Catalan manager, which could put United in the driving seat unless Fred sees City as the better destination. Mourinho has many targets on his list, according to reports with Arturo Vidal, Marco Verratti, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Jorginho, Jean-Michael Seri, and Fred on that list.

It is suggested that United are stepping up their interest in the Brazilian, with United needing at act fast, not only to beat City to the player but because of the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, also the fact the summer transfer window closing before the first Premier League match next season. City seemed the only destination for the Brazilian back in January before reports linking the player to the Old Trafford club first surfaced. Guardiola was tipped to sign the player in January, seemingly postponing the deal until the summer.

City would have been looking to pay a ‘fair price’ for Fred, but with the added interest, which has been suggested in the newspapers, from United, this could see the Premier League champions-elect having to pay substantially more for the player. This all seems pretty ironic with City having a budget as they are one of the clubs that helped to heavily inflate the market from 2006 when they were willing to pay anything for mediocre players, in order to make them a better team, which did not happen for a few years, buying better players for extensive fees and massive wages.

City fans will always suggest Manchester United were the club to ruin football and make it about money as they had spent a substantial amount of money since the formation of the Premier League. Some will say that United have spent the most during this time, which would not be true. Since Guardiola became the City manager, the club has spent nearly £500 million, which hardly suggests they are penny-pinching, especially with a large proportion of that money being spent in their defence, which is not as good as it should be, considering the money spent.

Arsenal has also been credited with an interest in Fred, being that former Arsenal player Gilberto Silva acts as his advisor. The current problems at Arsenal though could rule them out of the running, being that £50 million is a high price to pay for a player, the decline of the club and the fact that European football could escape the club completely, or see them in the qualification places of the UEFA Europa League once again, unless they win the competition this season and earn a place in the UEFA Champions League, which is what the fans dream of.

If that happens, Arsenal fans will be mouthing off about the decline of Manchester United, which they have become accustomed to for the past five years, despite United recovering from the post-Sir Alex Ferguson headache and actually improving based on last season – sitting 17 points ahead in the league. Whatever happens with Fred, it would seemingly be between United and City, unless the player decides to remain with Shakhtar Donetsk, of course.

I think City will end up signing the player, then journalists who seem to have linked the club with the player will be able to tell that exclusive story about how United missed out on their top target once again, which really depicts the state of journalism today if you could even call it that!

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