Fred’s mentor confirms interest from Premier League
Shaktar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been linked with a move to Manchester City and according to reports City wanted him to sign in the January transfer window, but a deal did not materialize and will return for him this summer. Local rivals Manchester United are also keeping tabs on the Brazilian midfielder.
Fred prefers a move to the Premier League this summer, according to his adviser and former Arsenal star Gilberto. He has been acting as a mentor to his compatriot and also confirmed there is interest in him from the English top flight.
He told the Sky Sports Debate show: “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.”
“Since I started working Fred he’s been a big challenge for me as well, because it wasn’t my job,” he said. “I didn’t work with this job before. But it’s been nice because it’s like being his mentor from the outside, not exactly the agent.”