Manchester United 'to offer Paul Pogba plus £70m for Cristiano Ronaldo'

Brazil midfielder, Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos has said he is aware of a "strong bid" from Manchester United, as he edges closer to a £52.5million move to Old Trafford.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva is now working as Fred's agent and he has confirmed that a move to England is appealing to his client.

Brazil worldwide Fred admits he is aware of a "very strong bid" from Manchester United.

Guardiola met with City's CEO Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain in December and decided that they needed cover and competition for Fernandinho, another Brazilian signed from Shakhtar in 2013.

Fred has claimed that there is "strong interest" from Manchester United in signing him from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer.

Reports this morning say Fred has held talks with United and a move could be concluded as early as next week. "Who knows after the World Cup I can make the best choice for me".

The Brazil global will form a midfield with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford as United begin a summer of heavy investment to try and close a 19-point gap on City.

He's been plying his trade in England for almost 10 years, but Marouane Fellaini's next career move could potentially take him overseas. The Red Devils are pretty well-stocked in that area and already have Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini.

Mourinho had also been looking at Serbian worldwide Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but the Italians' refusal to budge from their €100m asking price, despite missing out on the Champions League this season, has seen the Premier League side look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements.

The Ukrainian club wanted £50m for Fred and were keen to get United involved in a bidding war to drive up the price even higher.

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