Going by a fair estimate, the time that has passed in this window isn’t long enough that supporters ought to panic about their clubs not wrapping up deals.
But a looming World Cup coupled with a shortened window for Premier League clubs does make this tiny period of time the most crucial one to announce marquee signings.
One name that has been linked with joining Manchester United for far too long now is that of Fred.
Multiple reports have linked the Brazilian to be excruciatingly close to making the move to the Mancunian side, with the latest claiming that a medical and official announcement were on the verge of occurring. Now, there may be a further update.
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The Manchester Evening News now reports that the Fred saga will be done and dusted by Tuesday, with Manchester United eager to complete the signing within the 48-hour period.
The Red Devils have been eagerly hoping that the 25-year-old will function as the much-needed replacement for Michael Carrick in the United midfield.
It is the presence of the Brazilian in the UK due to training with his nation that has ensured that such an opportunity can be taken advantage of. Most clubs would kill for the same, with many of their targets in intense World Cup prep elsewhere.
Further, the report adds that the deal will be worth £52 million in a 4-year-long contract, with an option to extend for a further year – a modern club move for new talent.
If all goes well, United will have a medical in place within the next day or two, and the other formalities ought to follow.
Supporters will also be hoping that this transfer will prove to be the first of many rapid deals being wrapped up, and that their other linked targets won’t become excruciatingly drawn-out sagas.