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Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred is strongly linked to a Premier League move this summer with Manchester City and Manchester United appearing to be the front-runners for the 25-year-old's signature.
Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin told Corriere dello Sport in March: "Fred will leave in July, if he does not go to Manchester City, he will go to Manchester United."
How has Fred performed this season?
The left-footed playmaker, who joined Shakhtar from Internacional in June 2013, has been a regular starter for the Ukrainian champions this season in all competitions and he produced some eye-catching performances in the Champions League before Paulo Fonseca's men were knocked out at the last-16 stage.
Pep Guardiola was reportedly impressed with Fred's individual displays in both matches against Manchester City in the CL group stages, and he scored his first ever goal in the Champions League this season. A stunning free-kick against Roma in the last-16 first leg tie shot his name into the headlines in late February as he showed off his goal-scoring prowess. sbo666
Style of play
Fred operates as a box-to-box midfielder for the Ukrainian league leaders and has excelled under manager Fonseca, who was linked to a Premier League move himself.
"Fonseca allows me to play both offensively and defensively, and my main task is to change the direction of attacking moves," Fred told football.ua in September 2016.
"Under [former manager Mircea] Lucescu, forwards and full-backs were responsible for that, but now I am the conductor. Everything had changed completely. The coach trusts me and sees qualities that went unnoticed by Lucescu."
Fred's attributes suggest he has the capability of adapting to the rigours of the Premier League. But is his skillset strong enough to slot straight into the starting XI for one of England's top four clubs or does he still have some work to do?
Which club would he suit?
Manchester City and Manchester United appear to be the main pair tussling for Fred's signature, and he could command a transfer fee of around £40m.
Gilberto Silva is an advisor and mentor to the highly-talented Brazilian. The former Arsenal midfielder confirmed last month there is interest from the English top flight in Fred.
He told Sky Sports' The Debate: "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. sbo666