Reports in the British media last month suggested that Manchester United were interested in trying to bring the 25-year-old Brazilian to Old Trafford ahead of the summer transfer window.
The midfielder has been in good form for Shakhtar Donetsk this season, scoring one goal and making one assist in eight Champions League games for his club side.
Fred has also been touted as a possible target for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side and he was linked with a move to The Etihad in January.
Now, former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto, who has been acting as a mentor to Fred, has confirmed that there has been interest from the Premier League in his services.
Speaking to Sky Sports last week, Gilberto said: “At the moment we are open for the market and, when you see the whole market in football, the Premier League is one of the targets.
“We had inquiries for him in the last transfer window, but it didn’t happen. The Premier League is his preferred destination.
“He’s doing so well. At Shakhtar, at the moment and in last transfer window, they relied too much on him. He was doing a great job for the club. Let’s see for the summer.
“I’ve been telling him to just concentrate on his job. That’s what he needs to do. Where he plays now, the chance will come.
“It’s about not losing his focus. It’s so easy to get lost. You hear all the time some rumours, and sometimes you’re not sure, and you get lost in all the messages.”
Manchester United are likely to be linked with a host of players in the coming weeks and months as Jose Mourinho looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging Manchester City’s dominance at the top of the table next season.
The Red Devils will look to delay Manchester City’s title party when they travel to The Etihad in the Premier League on Saturday.
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