Man Utd have put an expensive signing up for sale and Fulham are preparing to forge a deal that’ll hand the Red Devils a sobering loss on their investment, per a report.
The headlines at Old Trafford this summer will be hoovered up by blockbuster arrivals. Indeed, a new starting goalkeeper is increasingly looking like it’ll be required with David de Gea tracking towards leaving as a free agent.
Elsewhere, the Red Devils have turned their attention to an €80m centre-back pair after seeing Kim Min-jae agree personal terms with Bayern Munich.
Mason Mount will prompt United to lodge a second bid after their initial offer of £40m was rejected. Elsewhere, a new starting centre-forward could hit United’s bank balance the hardest.
However, bubbling under the surface are several high profile exits. Among those who could depart is veteran midfielder Fred who TEAMtalk exclusively learned back on May 17 would be allowed to leave this summer if suitable offers are lodged.
Marco Silva’s Fulham emerged as the frontrunner, according to the Manchester Evening News. They claimed discussions between intermediaries had begun, with Fred potentially seen as a replacement for the dominant Joao Palhinha if the Portuguese is plucked from Fulham’s grasp.
Now, a fresh update from the Telegraph has shed further light on the situation.
The newspaper claim Fred is indeed ‘up for sale’, and United have set a modest price tag of £20m.
That is a far cry from the £52m United paid Shakhtar Daonetsk back in 2018, and the report indicates United might actually struggle to generate their £20m target anyway.
That’s because Fulham are fully aware Fred is surplus to requirements and as such, they’ll attempt to negotiate an even lower fee.
Fulham’s interest in the holding midfielder is reaffirmed in the piece, though it’s acknowledged discussions between they and Man Utd are yet to open.
In any case, Fred only has one year remaining on his current contract in Manchester and Ten Hag has zero intention of ordering an extension. In other words, a sale this summer to ensure a fee is recouped is a virtual guarantee.
From the player’s perspective it’s claimed Fred is ‘willing to join Fulham’ who enjoyed a fantastic campaign back in the top flight last term.
The Cottagers finished 10th in the table and will hope to build on their progress next time around. If common ground can be found on the transfer fee, Fred may well find himself playing in the capital next season.