Manchester United’s summer signing Fred was offered more money by Manchester City prior to completing his move to Old Trafford, according to the midfielder’s agent.
The Brazilian joined Jose Mourinho’s side in a £53million move from Shakhthar Donetsk this summer.
Pep Guardiola was interested in signing Fred in January and the midfielder was offered a bigger contract to the one he is on now with United – but Shakhtar didn’t want to let him go at the time.
“About Manchester City, he had the chance to leave in January,” Gilberto Silva, Fred’s representative, told UOL.
“But Shakhtar vetoed, there was no conversation. A good offer arrived, even bigger than the one from now. But Shakhtar understood that he was the most important player of the club.
“They didn’t want to negotiate, vetoed the exit. We did the planning which was to leave in the summer and he bought the idea. Everything we talked about, he understood the process, bought the idea.
“It was cool, because the conduct before Shakhtar within the negotiation was very correct. Professional conduct on our part and the part of him also, for not having lost his performance [after the failed move to Manchester City].
“It was a negotiation opportunity that was passing. We explained to him and we said the club would not let him go. We could fight, but I said we wanted to do it differently.”