Sky Sports reports that Brazilian midfielder Fred is likely to reach an agreement with Manchester United on contractual terms this week itself. The Red Devils announced last week that they’d reached an agreement with Shakhtar for a transfer deal.
Sources close to the club have told Sky Sports News that the work permit application is being processed as expected, with the overall transfer likely to be concluded before the end of the week.
It is understood that United will be paying the 24-year-old’s release clause. The value of this aforementioned clause is close to €60 million, and the Reds have achieved this asking price with conditional add-ons to an initial payment.
A 25-year-old, who’s been part of Shakhtar’s roster since 2013, has been a long-term transfer target for Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian made the cut on Tite’s 23-man squad for the World Cup, scheduled to start this week.
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In his 5 years at the Ukrainian club, Fred racked up 156 appearances across all competitions, with a haul of 14 goals to show for it. He primarily plays as a defensive midfielder, and is expected to be part of a midfield three alongside Pogba and Matic at United.
Fred recently suffered an injury in training due to a tackle by Casemiro, which has led to him being left out of Brazil’s squad for their final warm-up game in Austria.
His high energy levels and physical playing style should stand him in good stead in the Premier League. Most players take time to adapt to the pace of the league, but Fred already possesses the technique to make it through.
United are still likely to be short in the midfield department following Michael Carrick’s retirement and Marouane Fellaini’s impending departure.
Therefore, players like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Lorenzo Pellegrini, among others, have been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, but much will depend on the performances the targets put together in the World Cup.