Manchester United could yet trump Manchester City to the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred. Julian Weigl has been scouted intensely by Manchester City and he now looks like the more favourable option.
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"But, following the 2-0 win at Stoke on Monday night, City fans are waking up to the possibility that they could seal this season's Premier League crown against their nearest rivals".
Runaway Premier League leaders City aren't quite as challenged in the engine room, so much so that a talent like Ilkay Gundogan isn't even guaranteed a starting place at the Etihad Stadium.
The news comes as a surprise after City had reportedly been in advanced negotiations to land the 24-year-old Brazil worldwide, but Paul Hirst of The Times writes that the two clubs could not come to an agreement despite City loaning striker Larry Kayode to the Ukrainian giants.
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And Palkin, speaking to Corriere dello Sport, confirmed that the midfielder would indeed leave for Manchester at the end of the season. And he has recently made it clear that he would jump at the chance to play in the Premier League. "'In addition to being very good, Fred is very professional".
But the prospect of Fred linking up with City is now in serious doubt, with club sources telling Sportsmail a deal is unlikely. "I would like him to have one more year in our team, but he is ready for a stronger league".
"Asked about Fred's future on Tuesday, Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, confirmed the £40 million-rated midfielder would leave the Ukrainian club this summer and said he expected he would move to Manchester".
So that suggests Manchester United have expressed their interest in the 25-year-old, which would make sense considering their need for a midfielder.