Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Manchester United in advanced talks with Fred

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   Fred is'on standby waiting for a Man Utd medical GETTY Fred is'on standby waiting for a Man Utd medical
| 28 May, 2018, 16:08

"And today, if I'm not mistaken, there is very strong interest from United".

Fred played 37 matches for Shakhtar this season, scoring four goals and making six assists. Though he remained in the rumour mill after, the profile of midfielder linked with the club changed to more possession-oriented types such as Thiago Alcântara, Julian Weigl and Jorginho.

Manchester United are reportedly on the brink of signing FC Shakhtar Donetsk midfield maestro Fred, for a reported sum of £53 million. They offered us around €50m for Fred.

The 25-year-old is expected to travel with the Brazilian national team for a friendly against Croatia at Anfield next week and United are aiming to finalise the transfer during his visit.

Fred has been included in the Brazil squad for the tournament in Russian Federation and will be flying to England next week to play in a warm-up game against Croatia at Anfield, with United hoping to finalise their move to sign the 25-year-old when he arrives in the north west of England with his global colleagues.

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     Fred is heading out of Shakhtar Donetsk this season
GETTY Fred is heading out of Shakhtar Donetsk this season

"It's an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches".

A proper press-resistor is lacking in United's midfield options, with Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay lacking mobility, Paul Pogba better deployed further up the pitch, and Ander Herrera a more effective defensive weapon than a transitional weapon.

The midfielder was the subject of an approach from Premier League champions City in the winter but the Ukrainian outfit rejected the bid. Their closest rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool enjoyed great success in the 2017/18 campaign.

United are also hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino's desire for Tottenham Hotspur to do their transfer business early in the pursuit of £50 million plus rated Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld.


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