According to Craig Norwood, an agency photographer who specializes in Manchester United‘s transfer activity, the club has deals in place for both Fred and Diogo Dalot.
United have long been linked to Fred, who is one of the members of Brazil’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. The Shakhtar midfielder has cemented his place among Europe’s elite at his position over the course of his stay at the Ukrainian outfit.
He was rumored to be in talks with Manchester City in the January transfer window. His agents flew to England in the event of an eleventh hour bid from United, however, which never came about as the Red Devils waited for City to make one before counter-bidding them.
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Fred would be a necessary replacement for United, who are short of two central midfielders following Michael Carrick’s retirement and Marouane Fellaini’s looming free agency.
The Belgian international is reportedly a target for Arsenal this summer, and his departure from Old Trafford is all but confirmed as of now.
United are also severely undermanned of elite defenders, having had to slot in makeshift midfielders of the likes of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia at their full-back positions over the last several seasons.
Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, and Matteo Darmian have all underperformed under both Mourinho and previous manager Louis van Gaal.
Signing Dalot, who broke through at Porto at the the tender age of 18 and played a full season of league football for the Portuguese outfit, has been one of Mourinho’s top priorities in the transfer window prior to the FIFA World Cup.
The youngster is expected to have a medical in the coming week as reported by Sky Sports today, and his transfer fee is understood to be a sum of £19 million.