Man United to face PSG competition for Fred

According to the Manchester Evening News, Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to beat Manchester United to the signature of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred this summer.

What’s the story?

It is not exactly a secret that Fred is expected to move on from Shakhtar in this summer’s transfer window, and a number of clubs are interested in signing the midfielder.

Manchester City and Liverpool have previously been linked, but it had been thought that United had taken the lead in the race to acquire the Brazilian’s services.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, free-spending Ligue 1 outfit PSG will provide stiff competition for the 25-year-old’s signature ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

It is understood that Fred has a £53m release clause in his current contract, and Ukrainian giants Shakhtar will reportedly hold out for that figure due to the interest surrounding a player that has been included in the Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Just how good is he?

The answer is very good, and potentially sensational. The midfielder started his professional career with Internacional before switching to Shakhtar in the summer of 2013.

Fred has made over 150 appearances during his time in Ukraine, and has been in fine form this season – scoring four times and registering seven assists in 37 appearances.

Standing at little over 5ft 6inches, Fred is not exactly the most physically-imposing footballer in the world, but there are simply no doubting his qualities on the ball.

The midfielder, who is valued at £28.8m by, also possesses an incredible ability to get around the pitch, and would be perfect to slot in alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic at United next season.

PSG are also in the hunt for a new central midfielder, however, and it is not a surprise that they have reportedly expressed an interest in the seven-time Brazil international.