Fred, who is fighting for a Brazil squad place for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation, fits the bill in what Mourinho is looking for in a central midfield player and also has plenty of Champions League experience.
United will never be able to replace Carrick, but in Fred they would add - on top of someone capable of sharing the load with Nemanja Matic - a vitally different dimension to their midfield: a player with some technical guile, capable of tracking back and doing the dirty work alongside elegantly moving the ball through the lines.
The Ukrainian league season concludes this weekend after which Fred's representatives intend to discuss Shakhtar's conditions for a transfer.
Manchester United have been told they could sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred for €60 million. "I've been working well here but it has been five years".
'I made it clear to the club that I was very happy here but I want to make a bigger leap in my career.
"There are other clubs interested in England and France".
"Now I just have to wait to get through the World Cup and see which is the best destination".
'I think I have to change a little.
Not only is Fred the type of midfielder Manchester United do not possess at the moment, but he is also Brazilian, which makes him all the more valuable for Mourinho, who previously admitted that he would love to add a Brazil global to his squad.
"The club are reluctant to release [me]". I have a contract until 2021.
While a potential move to join compatriots Neymar and Marquinhos at Paris Saint-Germain has been touted as well.
He said: "In terms of recruiting a midfielder, yes Jose Mourinho would like to have another midfielder in January".
With Manchester City's withdrawal, it's Manchester United who would now have a clearer path to sign the Shakhtar player.
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