Manchester United set to battle rivals City for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred

Man Utd closing in on £40m lynchpin as Mourinho's first summer signing

I have dreams of playing in major clubs in Europe.

Fred gave interview to Brazilian TV channel SporTV on Tuesday confirming that he wants to leave Shakhtar at the end of the season, but also saying that things should only be sorted after he returns from the World Cup.

Regarded by many observers as the key figure in a Shakhtar side that has just secured back-to-back Ukrainian Premier League and Cup doubles, Fred is keen to develop his career at one of western Europe's leading clubs.

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has confirmed interest from England amid reports he's in talks over a potential £40m move to Manchester United, according to the Manchester Evening News.

"There are other clubs interested in England and France".

"I think I have to change a little".

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'The club are reluctant to release [me]. Following approaches from both Manchester clubs, the 25-year-old is hoping to secure a "respectful and professional" departure in which Shakhtar reward his contribution to their colours by discounting a €60million release clause.

Not only is Fred the type of midfielder Manchester United do not possess at the moment, but he is also Brazilian, which makes him all the more valuable for Mourinho, who previously admitted that he would love to add a Brazil worldwide to his squad. I have a contract until 2021.

Fred will be on show at the Russia World Cup after being named in the Selecao's 23-man-squad for the showpiece event.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in recruiting two central midfielders this summer. The Old Trafford boss is in the market for as many as four new defenders and would prefer to move on a number of high-salaried fringe players, including Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw.

With Manchester City's withdrawal, it's Manchester United who would now have a clearer path to sign the Shakhtar player.

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