Manchester United and City target Fred has held off deciding on his future until after next month’s World Cup.

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Jose Mourinho was closing in on a £52.5million move for the Brazil star and the Old Trafford club were hopeful of concluding a deal before kick-off in Russia.

But the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder wants to wait until after the tournament to make a final decision. 

Brazil midfielder Fred will wait until after the World Cup to decide on his playing future

Brazil midfielder Fred will wait until after the World Cup to decide on his playing future

Brazil midfielder Fred will wait until after the World Cup to decide on his playing future

Manchester United and City are both interested in the Shakhtar Donetsk star this summer

Manchester United and City are both interested in the Shakhtar Donetsk star this summer

Manchester United and City are both interested in the Shakhtar Donetsk star this summer

‘Maybe after the World Cup I will make the choice,’ he said. ‘Now I am only thinking about the World Cup.’

The 25-year-old Brazilian has made no secret of his desire to move to the Premier League, and Shakhtar have already lined up a replacement by agreeing to sign Maycon from Corinthians for £5m.

Fred looked set to join Manchester City in the January transfer window before United made their interest known and his price began to rise.

Fred has been training with his international team-mates in Teresopolis this week

Fred has been training with his international team-mates in Teresopolis this week

Fred has been training with his international team-mates in Teresopolis this week

Fearing a repeat of the Alexis Sanchez auction, City walked away from the deal and switched their sights to Jorginho of Napoli.

The former Internacional player, who has seven caps for Brazil, is one of two midfielders wanted by Mourinho this summer. The United boss also wants as many as four defenders, but may have to settle for two.

Toby Alderweireld has been identified as the central defender United require to play the ball out from the back, although Spurs will demand up to £75m for the a player who will be 30 when his contract runs out in a year’s time. 

Fred (centre) could be set to join Fernandinho and Willian in the Premier League next season

Fred (centre) could be set to join Fernandinho and Willian in the Premier League next season

Fred (centre) could be set to join Fernandinho and Willian in the Premier League next season

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