Gilberto Silva: 'Fred wants Premier League move'

Gilberto Silva: 'Fred wants PL move'
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In-demand Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred wants to move to the Premier League, according to his agent Gilberto Silva.

In-demand Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred wants to move to the Premier League, according to his agent Gilberto Silva.

Manchester City were strongly linked with the Brazilian in the latter stages of the January transfer window, but the midfielder ultimately stayed with his Ukrainian club.

Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old, although former Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu recently claimed that the Brazil international would join Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Former Arsenal midfielder Silva has revealed that his client could have left Shakhtar during the January transfer window, and has seemingly suggested that a deal will occur this summer.

"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," he told Sky Sports News.

"We had inquiries for him in the last transfer window, but it didn't happen. The Premier League is his preferred destination. He's doing so well. At Shakhtar, at the moment and in the last transfer window, they relied too much on him. He was doing a great job for the club. Let's see for the summer.

"I've been telling him to just concentrate on his job. That's what he needs to do. Where he plays now, the chance will come. It's about not losing his focus. It's so easy to get lost. You hear all the time some rumours, and sometimes you're not sure, and you get lost in all the messages."

Fred has scored four goals and registered four assists in 29 appearances for Shakhtar this season.

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