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Manchester United set to announce first mega-money summer transfer

28 May, 2018, 16:07 | Author: Lora Ball
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   Fred is'on standby waiting for a Man Utd medical

With the rumour mill heading into overdrive, we take an in-depth look at Fred, his qualities, and what he can bring to Manchester United.

Signed from global for €15M in 2013 where he was already twice a Campeonato Gaucho champion the classy left-footer has been a regular in the Shakhtar side ever since, helping them to two league titles, two domestic cups and three Super Cups.

It would also have been a hard transfer to complete, as Shakhtar were still in the Champions League at the time and would have demanded a hefty price for one of their most prized assets.

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     Fred is heading out of Shakhtar Donetsk this season
GETTY Fred is heading out of Shakhtar Donetsk this season

Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer, Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed.

Shakhtar previously got 40 million euros for Fernandinho and 50 million euros for Alex.

The 25-year-old had also been chased by Manchester City, while United officials feared Fred might have been holding out for a move to PSG and would not decide his future until after the World Cup. "They are two great coaches from Manchester, as well as our national head coach", Fred added. He is a midfield conductor and will fit in well alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in the middle of the park for United.

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The midfielder was the subject of an approach from Premier League champions City in the winter but the Ukrainian outfit rejected the bid.

Jose Mourinho has made a central midfielder his top priority this summer following Michael Carrick's retirement and sources have told ESPN FC United are hopeful a deal could be concluded before Brazil start their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17.

Fred is unlikely to be the only new arrival at Old Trafford - the Red Devils are also thought to be keen on Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whilst it is believed that Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld is close to completing his move to the Theatre of Dreams.

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Should they also secure the signing of Willian from Chelsea, another hard-working, team-laying Brazilian, that would plug the gap on the right wing too, and provided they do not lose any of their rotational options or younger talent, the squad will be looking very strong next season.

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