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Man United agrees to deal for Fred

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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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Transfer rumors: Fred to Man United; Icardi to Chelsea

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Brazilian midfielder Fred seems to be edging closer to a move to Manchester United after being chased by Manchester City for much of the last 12 months.

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The Shakhtar Donetsk star, 25, is a central midfielder who was supposed to be a long-term replacement for Fernandinho at City, but it appears Jose Mourinho has now swooped in to snap up the combative midfielder after Pep Guardiola‘s interest went cold.

Speaking in a press conference while away with the Brazilian national team, Fred believes that United have a bid in place for him with the midfielder previously valued at around $55 million.

“The talks had been in progress since January with City. Soon after, City and United talked to Shakhtar and my agents,” Fred said, via Globo Esporte. “And now, if I’m not mistaken, there was news of a very strong bid from United.”

Do United need Fred?

With Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay all at the club, the Brazilian’s arrival may well see Herrera, and maybe even Pogba, surplus to requirements.

Following Michael Carrick‘s retirement at the end of the 2017/18 season and Marouane Fellaini‘s contract soon to run out, Mourinho needs reinforcements in central midfield and Fred fits the bill as a two-way midfielder not scared to dig in and do his work defensively.


Chelsea have been linked with a move for Inter Milan’s star striker Mauro Icardi.

According to reports from Cadena Ser in Spain and Italian outlet Il Messaggero, Morata could head to Inter if Icardi ends up at Stamford Bridge.

Icardi, 25, was the joint-top goalscorer in Serie A in 2017/18 with 29 goals but the Argentine forward failed to make the final World Cup squad for La Albiceleste.

As for Morata, the Spanish forward also didn’t make the World Cup squad for his native Spain after a stop-start season at Chelsea under Antonio Conte. Morata, 25, was spotted meeting with the Juventus hierarchy earlier this week as the Real Madrid product spent two seasons at Juve from 2014-16 before heading back to Real en-route to Chelsea.

Would this be a good move for Chelsea?

Such has been Morata’s poor form in his debut season in the Premier League (yes, 15 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions is a decent return, but it’s not remarkable), they would no doubt have to send Morata and plenty of cash to Inter in exchange for their captain. Chelsea paid Real Madrid $80 million for Morata last summer and the reports claim they would have to send Morata plus $40 million to Inter to bring Icardi to the Bridge.

The latter has had plenty of temperament issues over the years but his status as a poacher is undoubted as his goals fired Inter back into the UEFA Champions League this season following their dramatic final day win at Lazio. Yet it’s tough to see Inter letting their skipper leave the San Siro this summer as he’s the key reason why they’re back in the Champions League.

Shakhtar player Ferreyra apologizes for pushing ballboy

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ROME (AP) Shakhtar Donetsk player Facundo Ferreyra has apologized for pushing a ballboy during Tuesday’s Champions League loss at Roma.

Shakhtar’s Twitter account quotes Ferreyra as saying, “I’m really sorry for what happened. That’s football, it was a very emotional moment in the match. There was no evil intent on my part.”

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A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Ferreyra pushed the ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him. Ferreira was shown a yellow card.

Roma won 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.

Dzeko the star again as Roma advances past Shakhtar Donetsk

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Edin Dzeko‘s second half goal gave AS Roma a 1-0 win in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match-up, and pulled i Lupi into a 2-2 aggregate score line with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday in Rome.

The 1-0 win made Cenzig Under’s first leg away marker stand up as the difference maker in sending i Lupi into the quarterfinals.

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Whatever Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco said to his men did the trick after a first leg he didn’t like very much.

Dzeko was played through on goal by Kevin Strootman early in the second half and defied Andriy Pyatov to bring Roma to 2-2 on aggregate with the lone away goal of the tie.

There was (slightly) off-field drama late, as Facundo Ferreyra appeared to shove a ball boy over the advertising boards.

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LIVE, UCL: Man United v Sevilla; Roma v Shakhtar

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Two more UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second legs take place on Tuesday with two ties still in the balance.

Manchester United host Sevilla after a goalless first leg in Spain, while Shakhtar Donetsk head to Roma with a 2-1 advantage.

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Jose Mourinho’s United aim to make it three from four for the Premier League in terms of teams advancing to the last eight of the UCL, but Vincenzo Montell’s Sevilla gave the Red Devils plenty of food for thought in a tight first leg in southern Spain two weeks ago.

As for Roma, Edin Dzeko and Co. will fancy their chances of getting past Shakhtar Donetsk after they grabbed a crucial away goal in Ukraine in the first leg but the Serie A side let an early lead slip to lose and will be wary of the likes of Fred and Bernard for Shakhtar.

Click on the link above for live updates on both of Tuesday’s UCL games, while we will have reaction and analysis from both games here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 (second leg) schedule

3:45 p.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Sevilla (0-0)
3:45 p.m. ET: Roma vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2)