Former Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu expects Fred to join Manchester City this summer.
Lucescu predicts the Shakhtar Donetsk star will replace Fernandinho in the City midfield — just like he did when he joined the Ukrainian champions as his replacement in 2013.
Lucescu, who brought Fred to Donetsk from Brazil during his 12-year reign at Shakhtar, said the 24-year-old now has the discipline to play at a higher level — and has already chosen the Etihad Stadium over their neighbours and rivals at Old Trafford.
Now boss of Turkey's national team, Lucescu said: “Shakhtar Donetsk's best player is Fred in the centre of midfield. He was a bit anarchic on the left. I moved him in front of the defence.
“He will go to City like Fernandinho before him."