Jose Mourinho receives huge boost after Fred decision

GETTYMan Utd boss Jose Mourinho want to sign Fred

Manchester United and bitter rivals City are poised to do battle in the transfer window this summer, in the hope of acquiring Shakhtar Donetsk's highly rated Brazilian midfielder Fred.

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has said he wants to "make a bigger leap" in his career and move on from the Ukrainian club in the summer amid strong links to Manchester United and Manchester City.

'I made it clear to the club that I was very happy here but I want to make a bigger leap in my career.

"Now I just have to wait to get through the World Cup and see which is the best destination". I have dreams of playing in major clubs in Europe.

GETTYFred is in Brazil's World Cup squad
GETTYFred is in Brazil's World Cup squad

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 global to his squad. While City have also prioritised midfield reinforcement as they prepare to defend a Premier League title won with a record 100 points and retain an interest in Fred, the English champions regard Napoli's Italy global Jorginho as an alternative option.

Fred has been in excellent form since joining Shakhtar from Internacional in 2013 and he's been named in the Brazil preliminary squad ahead of this summers World Cup finals. According to a close friend, the player's preference is to move to England, with no approach to date from Paris Saint-Germain.

Jose Mourinho wants to sign at least one central midfielder to replace the retiring Michael Carrick, with a second required should United fail to agree a new contract with Marouane Fellaini.

Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind are both expected to leave, while Luke Shaw only has a year left on his deal and is surplus to requirements.

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