Reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that Fred’s transfer to Manchester United is as good as done.
A tweet by @mourinho0 (a handle for a Manchester United fan page) enquired as to the latest updates on United’s rumoured transfer targets this summer, viz. Bale, Griezmann, Fred, and Dalot.
While Di Marzio did not comment on the progress of the negotiations, if any, for Bale or Griezmann, he did remark: “Fred i know it’s done as i said.”
On Dalot, the Italian was more circumspect, stating: “Dalot no medicals yet, still waiting agreement between clubs.”
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The Daily Mail earlier reported that the Red Devils would probably have to activate the 19-year-old’s release clause of £17.4m. The right-back is fresh off a successful season for Porto, who have also been one of Europe’s best breeding grounds for top talent.
Transfermarkt projects the Portuguese U21 international’s transfer value to be €7 million. This means that United should most likely be unwilling to overpay for the defender, who does not yet have a cap for the senior national team.
Dalot tallied 33 appearances across all competitions for Porto. His current contract only runs until 2019, which makes it easier for United to drive the asking price down to a fair degree based on his contract situation, provided Dalot steadfastly refuses to renew his deal.
Meanwhile, Fred’s agent, Gilberto Silva, flew to London last week to accelerate the transfer proceedings.
United have been negotiating with their Ukrainian counterparts over the signing fee. Donetsk are not willing to back down on their demand that the Red Devils pay them the alleged €60 million transfer fee.
Fred will be representing Brazil at the World Cup in Russia, and if the deal is not concluded within the next couple of days, it is safe to say that a final agreement could only be reached after the tournament concludes.