Man United handed boost as 25-year-old star set to leave club

Manchester United summer transfer target Fred has told Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk he wants to depart from the club in the summer.

The Brazilian midfielder has spent the past five seasons on the books at Shakhtar Donetsk after moving to Europe from Internacional.

And throughout his time in Ukraine, he’s attracted a lot of admirers, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is known to be among them.

The Red Devils want Fred to strengthen their midfield and help give more freedom to France international Paul Pogba to work his magic further up the pitch.

With the summer transfer market looming Fred has now revealed he’s described his decision on his future to Shakhtar Donetsk.

I’m very content at Shakhtar,” Fred told Brazilian outlet SporTV. “I’ve been working well here, but it has been five years.

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

“The club are reluctant to release [me]. I have a contract until 2021. As soon as I come back from the World Cup we will sit down, talk and look at the options.”