Jose Mourinho has been a busy man in the transfer market after his side failed to compete with local neighbours Manchester City for the league title this past season.
The Portuguese tactician is desperate to add some quality to his first team, and has been linked with a number of stars recently. But one player Manchester United are now close to landing is Brazilian ace, Fred.
A transfer target for the club since quite a while now, Fred was also wanted by the likes of Man City, but it is now understood that United have won the race for his signature.
They wanted him in January as well, but the Red Devils have finally made progress in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk, and are set to receive Fred for a medical anytime soon.
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The 25-year-old will travel to Russia with the Brazilian national side, and wants to complete his transfer before the start of the World Cup.
The deal that will bring Fred to Old Trafford will cost the club an initial fee of £43m plus add-ons, which could take it to £52.2m, according to Daily Mail.
Capable of playing as the deepest of the midfielders, the Brazilian international is one of the most exciting names in the game at the moment, but is not tested at the highest stage yet.
The Mancunian giants are set to lose Marouane Fellaini, who seems to have decided not to sign a new deal. They shall also be without Michael Carrick, who has joined Mourinho’s management team.
Meanwhile, United are also interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Porto full-back Diogo Dalot, with both players being extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But the signing of Fred sends a message to all of United’s rivals in the country, that Mourinho and co. will once again be a force to reckon next season.