The deal could be completed in the next 24
hours after the Brazil midfielder arrived at
Carrington for his medical tests.
TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL – MAY 25: Fred in action during a
training session of the Brazilian national football team at the
squad’s Granja Comary training complex on May 25, 2018 in
Teresopolis, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Brazilian midfielder Fred has arrived at Manchester United’s
training ground for a medical ahead of his pending transfer to the
The Shakhtar Donetsk star is expected to complete a deal worth
around £52.5 million ($70m) in the next 24 hours, with his current
club’s president Rinat Akhmetov having insisted it would take a
club-record sale for him to leave the Ukrainian outfit .
And Fred was spotted arriving at United’s training facility early on
Monday morning ahead of his medical, after which he is likely to
pen a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth term.
The 25-year-old came on as a substitute in Brazil’s win over
Croatia in a friendly at Liverpool’s home, Anfield, on Sunday and
later caused a stir by tweeting his congratulations to his team-
mates with a location tag of Manchester.
His appearance on Sunday was his eighth for the Selecao, and he
has been included in head coach Tite’s final 23-man squad for
this summer’s World Cup finals.
The midfielder has spent the last five years with Shakhtar having
begun his senior career with Internacional in his homeland. He had
previously been a target of Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola’s
side withdrew their interest in January.
Fred looks set to become United’s first signing of the summer,
with Jose Mourinho also primed to snap up Porto full-back Diogo
Dalot in the coming days .
Mourinho sparked rumours of a move for Fred as far back as April
when insisting that “a team without a Brazilian is not a team” .
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