Insider claims Man United will make 25-year-old priority midfield signing

Reporter Duncan Castles expects Manchester United to make Fred their main priority signing in the summer

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Duncan Castles has tipped Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred to be Manchester United’s main midfield recruit this summer.

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League over the past couple of months.

Manchester City were thought to be close to a deal to sign the South American in the summer transfer window but a deal didn’t materialise.

The Red Devils have now moved ahead of their bitter rivals in the race to complete a deal for the highly-rated Brazilian midfielder.

Manchester United will need to improve their options in the middle of the park given Michael Carrick’s retirement at the end of the season.

Belgium international Marouane Fellaini is set to become a free agent this summer unless the Red Devils can strike a new deal with the midfielder.

Transfer Window reporter Castles believes Manchester United are in a strong position to sign Fred in the current transfer window.

“That situation has reversed. Man United have made an offer to Fred in terms of salary and contract length,” Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.

“It is appealing to the player who wants to leave and come to England. There is still interest from Man City. Shakhtar wants £60m for him.

“That’s his release clause. There is a good chance Fred will be the main midfield recruit this summer.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table behind Manchester City in the title race.

The Red Devils lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley after Eden Hazard’s winner.

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