Shakhtar CEO expects Fred to sign for Man United or Man City

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"Fred will leave in July", he told the Italian newspaper.

Manchester City are prepared to pull the plug on a summer deal for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.

Fred said in January that City's attempts to sign him in January ended because Shakhtar did not want to sell him while they were still active in the Champions League. If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United.

The news comes as a surprise after City had reportedly been in advanced negotiations to land the 24-year-old Brazil global, but Paul Hirst of The Times writes that the two clubs could not come to an agreement despite City loaning striker Larry Kayode to the Ukrainian giants. City tried to get the deal done in January but it was put to the back of the list of priorities when they made a decision to sign Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

United were said to be considering a move for the 25-year-old in January before they signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to add a midfielder to his squad in the summer with Michael Carrick retiring and the future of Marouane Fellaini up in the air. A statistic that definitely has not gone unnoticed in the eyes of Pep Guardiola.

A delegation from Shakhtar has been over to the City Football Academy at least once since December.

Fred has been with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar since 2013 and displayed a remarkable level of consistency over the course of five seasons. Fred had scored a stunning free kick in the first leg and he looked like Shakhtar's best player in the tie.

And Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin has commented on the potential departure of one of Shakhtar's top players, revealing that he believes a deal to the Premier League - more specifically Manchester - is already on the cards.

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