Manchester City may have missed out on Alexis Sanchez to arch-rivals United, but they are being backed to win the battle for Fred.
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho look set to lock horns once again in that particular pursuit, with the former this time being tipped to emerge victorious and add another Samba star alongside Fernandinho in the Etihad Stadium engine room.
Former Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu, who is now in charge of the Turkish national side, told reporters on the Fred fight: “Shakhtar Donetsk’s best player is Fred in the centre of midfield.”
“He was a bit anarchic on the left. I moved him in front of the defence.”
“He will go to City like Fernandinho before him.”
Fred has contributed 12 goals to the Shakhtar cause in 142 appearances, having been acquired from Internacional in 2013.
He revealed to Gazzetta dello Sport in January that he is now waiting on a call from City, with there a desire on his part to test himself in England.
“A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me. I’m happy to be so well known in Europe.”