Manchester United have agreed a £43.8million (€50m) fee to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.
That’s according to the excellent Gianluca Di Marzio, with the Brazil international set to become Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing.
The Red Devils clearly aren’t messing around this summer, which is key in a World Cup year. Getting this deal before the huge tournament in Russia is absolutely essential as it’d stop other clubs making their move for Fred if he has a good tournament.
It was just yesterday when Sky sources were claiming that a deal was in advanced talks, and this latest update is only a positive one for United.
Midfield has been identified as a problem area. Michael Carrick has hung up his boots, Paul Pogba isn’t performing and Marouane Fellaini’s future remains up in the air. There is no doubt that Fred would be an exciting addition to a talented squad, and his box-to-box capabilities would lift weight aplenty on the aforementioned Pogba.
With just a few weeks before the World Cup kicks off, it’s now down to Edward Woodward to try and push this deal over the line as quickly as possible. Brazil are set to play a friendly at Anfield next week, so that may be a good time for everything to get sorted…
Somewhat bizarrely, Di Marzio is also claiming that Mourinho is keen on both Marko Arnautovic and Mario Mandzukic…