Manchester United are ready to part ways with Fred as the club is expected not to renew his current deal which expires in the summer.
According to Guardian, United are unwilling to extend Fred’s contract and the player will be free to discuss pre-contract with other clubs in January. The 29-year-old has a one-year extension clause in his contract but that is unlikely to be triggered at this moment.
The arrival of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen hasn’t allowed the player to take his next step as he has fallen down the pecking order this season. Midfield has been central to United’s struggles in the last few seasons and the club wanted to address the situation to some extent.
Erik ten Hag will not stop expanding his troops and will demand adequate reinforcements next summer to add some quality to his midfield contingent. United have figured out a number of targets and will use all of its resources to grab the desired players.
Despite Casemiro’s arrival, there will be enough room for more midfielders as the Brazilian is suggested to only be a short-term fix. United’s transfer policy has faced severe criticism but their recent movement in the market proved they are in the right direction as it seems.
The manager will have the final say in transfer and the Dutchman is said to be pretty strict when it comes to choosing his players. Fred has only been used as a squad player but ten Hag is satisfied with his attitude on and off the pitch.
But he won’t feel his need on a long-term basis and thus a new contract is not looming on the horizon. Despite his limited game time the midfielder gets a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad and will be travelling to Qatar with his fellow United players Casemiro and Antony.
United have undergone a vast makeover and mediocre players will not be able to stamp up their authority for a longer time. The manager has brought a particular philosophy to the club and players aligning with it will only be accepted from now on.