The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting a midfield reshuffle this summer, with the duo of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba clearly not working out. They’re not expecting either player to leave, but they are expecting a new addition to come in to combine and make a midfield trio that is, collectively, unstoppable.
As such, it came as no surprise to learn that, according to the Mirror, Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is on their radar, with the Brazilian midfielder certainly the sort of player that the Red Devils are looking forward. He’s solid defensively, a great tackler, and he has looked good over in Ukraine as of late. However, our landlord isn’t convinced by him, and he’s branded the proposed move as a potential disaster for a few reasons.
Firstly, regardless of his form in Ukraine, he is hugely unproven on the biggest stage. The Ukranian top flight is hardly the pinnacle of sport, and whilst there have been some success stories, like Willian at Chelsea, there is nothing to suggest that another impressive player from the division will be able to transition. He has had a role in the Champions League, of course, but he was hardly spectacular in that tournament. Whichever way you spin it, a move is a risk on the basis of uncertainty.
What Man Utd need is proven talent, much like Nemanja Matic. He came from another Premier League side in the form of Chelsea, and the Red Devils likely had no concern that he wouldn’t be able to transition. For Fred, then, if you can’t be confident that he will settle immediately, perhaps it makes more sense to look closer to home. There are a handful of fantastic, Premier League proven midfielders out there – with Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester being just one example.
If buying abroad is the plan, it’s also worth considering the vast quantity of other options out there – like Fabinho of Monaco, who could be a better option as well.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you have to consider the transfer fee at play. Man City are reportedly refusing to pay over the odds, and Man Utd can’t pay unlimited amounts to land him. As a result, perhaps it would be best to move on.
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