Manchester United are open to selling midfielder Fred in the summer transfer window, according to a new update on his future.
Has Fred been a key man this season?
The Red Devils’ season ended on Saturday afternoon as they tasted defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley. It was a spirited effort in the 2-1 loss, but the extra quality of their rivals showed in the end.
Fred started the chase against City, accompanying Casemiro in the middle of the park, but he struggled to feature consistently throughout the campaign. He has started just 12 of United’s 38 Premier League games in 2022/23, having to settle for a squad role instead.
The midfielder’s current £120,000-a-week deal expires next year, meaning he would be allowed to leave on a free transfer at this stage, had an extension not been agreed. Because of this, it could be that United are looking to move him before the start of next season, with a new update certainly suggesting so.
Could United sell Fred this summer?
According Football InsiderThe Reds will ‘consider offers’ for Fred once the summer transfer window opens, although they are ‘in no rush to push him out of the club’. In fact, the club are ‘likely to leave the final decision’ to the player himself, should he decide he wants a new challenge and more regular minutes.
The report states that “the club will be ready to let him go if he receives the right amount – but are also happy to keep him in the squad for the 2023-24 campaign”, after triggering a 12-month extension on the deal which originally expired this summer.
Fred leaving United this summer would certainly not be a disaster, with the club now in a position where they must bring in senior midfielders as squad options, in order to rival City at the top of the Premier League. That being said, he’s a pair of sure hands who have now racked up 213 appearances for the Reds, also hailed as ‘hugely valuable’ by Ralf Rangnick during his time at the club, and he’s actually made more appearances this season than any other of his previous Manchester campaigns.
Essentially, it looks like a win-win scenario for United, with the club either getting good pay for Fred if he moves on, or keeping an experienced boss who can do an effective job if he stays put, and he seems like his future will be one to watch over the summer.