Brazil manager Tite has this evening provided his thoughts on Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred’s impending transfer to Manchester United.
Fred, a 25-year-old Brazilian international, has been plying his trade in the Ukraine since 2013, when he joined Shakhtar from Internacional.
And the technically-gifted South American, who can play either in an orthodox central midfield role or an attacking midfield role, has since gone on to develop into one of the most in-demand stars in Europe, with his performances during Shakhtar’s run to the Champions League’s last-16 this past season having seen some of the giants of the Premier League add their names to Fred’s list of admirers.
Manchester United and Manchester City have been the two sides most heavily touted as a potential destination for the Selecao star, with reports in England since the turn of the year having suggested that the fierce rivals were set to enter into another bidding war this summer, following the January saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez.
But, as per a number of reports last week, one of which crucially came from the ever-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester United have in fact already agreed a deal with Shakhtar for Fred, with the Red Devils set to splash out around £50 million on the midfielder’s signature.
The Manchester Evening News even claimed earlier today that confirmation of the midfielder’s arrival at Old Trafford could be forthcoming as early as this coming Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference following Brazil’s 2-0 friendly victory over Croatia earlier today, Selecao boss Tite was asked for his take on Fred’s move to Manchester, with the 57-year-old having revealed that, if he was a club manager, he would also make a move for the Shakhtar man:
‘When this (a transfer) happens, and it is inevitable, they are going to come to us and our advice to them is resolve this as soon as you can so your head is back with us and focusing on the national team.’
‘If I was a (club) manager I’d ask to sign him as well.’