Reports have emerged in Italy claiming Fred is being lined up for a Manchester United exit.
He is wanted by Roma, who have just appointed his Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca.
The report from Il Romanista claims the Serie A side want to sign Fred on a two-year loan with an option to buy.
Well they can try, because there is no way this would get passed by both manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and chief executive Ed Woodward.
United paid a whopping £47 million to sign Fred last summer. It’s reasonable to say it has not been a success so far.
He had his moments though, scoring against Wolves early in the season and starring in United’s win away at PSG.
Ed Woodward won’t simply write off a £47 million investment just like that, and send him out on loan for two years.
It’s not that he’s not silly enough to do it, he’s just too proud, and in this case it’s a good thing.
We haven’t seen the best of Fred yet and he deserves more of a chance to show what he can do, with a year’s experience behind him in England.
Solskjaer told the club’s official website: “Two of the best players I played with who struggled the most were Diego Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron, you know those two fantastic players, but when they settled, they performed. So I don’t think he needs to worry too much. He’ll get chances.”
Both Forlan and Veron were sold by United too soon. Solskjaer is unlikely to want to oversee a similar error with Fred.
Not only that, but midfield is an area United are light after Ander Herrera’s departure.
Even if a new signing or two is made in the position, it would be foolish to let Fred go, especially on a two year loan.
If a club wants to slap in a £40-50 million offer straight up, only then would it be worth United weighing up the pro’s and con’s to a decision.