Why Fred Isn’t Officially A Manchester United Player Yet

Fred of Brazil's Under-23 team celebrates.

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All eyes may be on Russia and the FIFA World Cup at the moment, but for the management at Manchester United, the focus is on a different subject altogether.

The Red Devils made transfer headlines all around the world earlier this month, when it was revealed that the club had agreed terms with Shakhtar Donetsk for the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred for a fee in the region of £52m.

That deal seemed done and dusted, but fans have been left scratching their heads over why the player hasn’t been officially unveiled as a red even now. As it turns out, it may just be a matter of time.

While details are sketchy, it appears as though the major formalities over Fred’s arrival at United have been completed, with the Brazilian successfully completing his medical at Carrington and even securing a work permit to play in England.

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There are, however, some minor details to be worked out possibly over the contract, which seem to have been put on hold at the moment, probably due to the player’s involvement with the Brazilian squad at the World Cup.

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Fred was initially revealed to be the first signing of the summer transfer window for Jose Mourinho, after the Portuguese made it clear that he wanted a classy midfield player to replace the void left in the centre of the park by United icon Michael Carrick.

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The English veteran, who announced his retirement from the game at the end of last season, will take up the role of assistant coach at United and work under Mourinho. Players such as Fred are expected to shine under his able tutelage.

Manchester United have also secured the signing of young full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto, and are expected to keep busy in the coming weeks, as the manager looks to make a squad overhaul his prime objective in the off season.

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