World Cup-bound Fred, who is expected to be a crucial member of the Selecao roster in Russia, is closing in on a transfer to Manchester United, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Red Devils look set to beat derby rivals Man City to the Brazilian’s signature, as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his midfield ahead of next season.
The deal could be completed ahead of the World Cup, as Fred will travel to England next week for Brazil’s friendly with Croatia at Anfield, which gives him the opportunity to put pen to paper on a contract at Old Trafford.
United rounded off a disappointing campaign last weekend by going down 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup final. They need to reinforce their squad this summer to close the gap on champions Manchester City, who cantered to a league title with a 19-point lead by the end of the campaign.
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The Red Devils are said to have no problems regarding the €60m release clause inserted into Fred’s contract, which he signed this January.
Fred has 4 goals in 37 appearances this season. He typically operates in the central midfield region in the deep-lying role, and is also capable of playing as a play-breaker/destroyer in the holding midfield role a la Xabi Alonso.
He moved to Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013 from Internacional at the age of 20, and has spent 5 seasons in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has prioritised the signing of a midfielder, and spoke to the media earlier this month, stating that he thinks football clubs are ‘incomplete’ without a Brazilian player.
The latest reports indicate that Fred is set to become the latest South American ace to ply his trade at Old Trafford.