The club posted on social media outlets two weeks ago about the agreement they had reached with Shakhtar Donetsk. The final step in the completion of this transfer was the approval of the Brazilian’s work permit.
That process is under way, and is expected to reach completion by the end of the week. This explains Sky’s expectation about the deal’s completion.
Fred played for 5 seasons with the Ukrainian giants. In this time period, the 25-year-old became more and more of a finished product; he was quite raw when he first arrived on European shores. He has consistently been a first-team player for the club and seems ready to take the next step in his career.
The midfielder is currently with Brazil’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. He was an unused substitute in Brazil’s 1-1 draw in their group opener against Switzerland.
United also announced the signing of Porto full-back Diogo Dalot. The 19-year-old cost the club £19 million – a steep asking price for a teenager with little top-level experience.
The Red Devils are expected to be in the market for a couple of other defenders as well. They are currently quite weak in the center-back department. The likes of Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld, among others, have been linked with an Old Trafford switch.
Both the aforementioned stoppers are currently in the midst of contract troubles with their respective clubs. Both are playing for their respective nations (Belgium and Germany) at the World Cup this month as well.
Boateng has played one rather low-profile season with Manchester City in the past, before moving back to his homeland Germany in 2011.
Signing either defender would significantly bolster the United defense. World Cup summers are usually a recipe for blockbuster transfers, and this year should be no different.