Sergei Palkin: We talked to Manchester United for two months about Fred

by Marwan Harraz

Shakhtar Donetsk’s CEO Sergei Palkin has explained just how Fred came to sign for Manchester United following months of negotiations.

The Brazilian was reportedly wanted by several of Europe’s top clubs with Manchester City even said to be of those who were interested.

United beat them all to the punch however and recently completed the signing of Fred making him their first of the transfer window.

The midfielder is expected to slot in alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in a midfield three and Palkin insists he deserves the success.

Jose Mourinho‘s interest in Fred for an extended period of time is a little surprising as fans expected that the club were linked with him only due to City’s interest in him and that the reports weren’t genuine.


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The Red Devils’ scouts keeping an eye on Fred for all his matches is another impressive point to make in this transfer.

Supporters can be rest assured that Mourinho knew exactly what he was doing when he signed the former Shakhtar Donetsk man and that it wasn’t done just to get one over their rivals.

Hopefully Fred can hit the ground running and prove his worth immediately though it’s more likely he’ll need some time to adjust to his new surroundings.

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