Manchester United have been handed a boost after it has been reported that Manchester City have pulled out of the race to sign one of their transfer targets.
United have already beaten City to complete the signing of Alexis Sanchez back in January, and according to the Manchester Evening News, history could be about to repeat itself.
City were long considered the favourites to land the Chilean from Arsenal, but were forced to pull out of the deal after United offered both the Gunners and the player a more attractive package.
Now, it is claimed that City have pulled out of the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, despite to have being leading the chase for his signature for a number of months.
The Brazilian has been considered as a potential long-term replacement for his fellow countryman and also former Shakhtar midfielder, Fernandinho.
This news will provide a huge boost to Jose Mourinho, who is looking to sign two midfielders, with Fred one of a number of players who have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The report claims that Manchester United have ‘intensified their interest’ in the midfielder as they look to replace the retiring Michael Carrick and the soon to be out-of-contract Marouane Fellaini, who could leave the club on a free transfer.
United have also been linked with the likes of Toni Kroos, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Jorginho and Jean Michel Seri.