Manchester United have accepted a £12.9 million bid from Turkish giants Fenerbahce for Brazilian midfielder Fred.
The 30-year old has been told he is not part of new manager Erik ten Hag’s plans for the upcoming season.
Fred joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018 for £47 million but has failed to live up to that price tag. While a regular in the squad, making over 50 appearances last season, he has rarely impressed.
Ten Hag is looking to rebuild the United midfield and does not see Fred as central to his project.
Other clubs had expressed interest in Fred, including Istanbul rivals Galatasaray as well as Premier League side Fulham. With only one year left on his contract, United were motivated to offload Fred’s wages. Fenerbahce have managed to agree a fee.
In other United transfer news, defender Eric Bailly is a target for Besiktas. The Turkish giants are waiting to see if they can come to an agreement to terminate the 29-year-old Ivorian’s contract, allowing him to join on a free transfer.
Bailly has struggled for game time under previous managers and does not seem to fit Ten Hag’s plans. A move to Besiktas could provide him more playing time.
It remains to be seen if these deals are completed, but they indicate Ten Hag’s desire to reshape the United squad ahead of the new season as they look to challenge at the top of the Premier League table.