Gilberto Silva says there has been Premier League interest in his client Fred and hinted a move could happen this summer.
Manchester City and Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Shakhtar Donetsk enforcer this year.
The 25-year-old looked all set for a move to Man City in January as a replacement for Fernandinho, but the move never happened, while United are also in need of a central midfielder with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini set to leave on a free.
And former Arsenal captain Gilberto, who represents Fred, says there has been interest from Premier League clubs.
“Yes. We had in this last window but it didn’t happen,” he told Sky Sports.
“Shakhtar Donetsk rely too much on him – he’s doing a great job for the club. Let’s see for the summer.”
Fred has made 29 appearances for Shakhtar this season, scoring four goals and grabbing four assists and the Brazilian has developed into of of the best midfielders in the Russian top flight.
Although a move to England this summer looks likely, Gilberto has urged Fred to focus on his football.
“I’ve been talking to him telling his to concentrate on his job. This is all he can do. The chance will come [to move], but he needs to focus. It’s easy to get lost amid rumours which sometimes aren’t true.”