Earlier today, we covered quotes from Shakhtar midfielder Fred ahead of his clash against Roma in the Champions League where the Brazilian discussed the offer he got from Manchester City.

He explained people from Manchester City spoke to his agent, and that the offer was still there, only failing to materialise in January because he couldn’t play in the Champions League.

However, the Shakhtar star made it very clear that he wasn’t obsessed with the idea of playing for Pep Guardiola, revealing he would be “happy” to play for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal if they came along.

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Well, that claim has now been backed up by the Ukrainian side’s CEO, Sergei Palkin, who gave an interview to Corriere dello Sport on Tuesday.

He said: “Fred isn’t already at Manchester City, but he will surely leave in June. If not to City, then Manchester United. He’s ready for the next stage, because as well as being good, he’s also very professional. If he asked us to stay another year, we’d let him.”

So that suggests Manchester United have expressed their interest in the 25-year-old, which would make sense considering their need for a midfielder.

Much like Alexis Sanchez, this could end up being about the money.