Brazilian midfielder Fred’s transfer to Premier League side Manchester United is a surprised, according to freelance English football journalist Tim Vickery.

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has heavily been linked with Manchester City move in January this year, but Citizens have now withdrawn their candidate.

According to Skysports, a deal between Fred and United is close with the pair in advanced talks, although the player has recently said that he will to about his future after the World Cup.

“I enjoyed watching him on the way up at Internacional,” Vickery told Sky Sports News. “He’s a busy little left-footed midfielder. Very dynamic, and he’s got some quality. He’s developing as well.”

“I could understand City’s interest. When they played Shakhtar in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola was very impressed with him.”

“You could see Fred fitting into a dynamic Man City midfield. He’s almost like a smaller left-footed version of Fernandinho.”

“To my surprise, it seems City have dropped aside and United have come in there.”

“I know that Fred is very excited about the prospect of playing for a top club in the Premier League.”

Fred, who is set to feature the World Cup in Russia this summer, has been at Ukrainian side since 2013.

The 25-year-old has scored 14 goals in 156 appearances for Shakhtar in all competitions since he joined from Internacional.

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