Manchester United have swooped to make their first signing of the summer as the Red Devils have agreed a fee with Shakhtar Donetsk for Brazilian midfielder Fred.
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The 25-year-old is said to have had a medical at United’s Carrington training HQ over the past few days and he is expected to cost $69.3 million from the Ukrainian giants.
United released the following statement on agreeing a deal for Fred.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos. A further announcement will be made in due course.”
It appears Jose Mourinho has got his man and Fred will be a perfect player alongside Nemanja Matic in the heart of United’s midfield but where this leaves the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and others remains to be seen.
Fred has played 156 times for Shakhtar since joining them from Brazilian side Internacional in 2013, and has appeared in the UEFA Champions League regularly.
He was previously linked with a move to Man City but Pep Guardiola cooled his interested in the man who has eight caps for Brazil and is heading to the 2018 World Cup this summer.
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