Premier League Manchester United have agreed a £52million deal with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Brazilian central midfielder Fred.
The 25-year-old is currently away with the Brazil national squad preparing for the World Cup. However, he is reported to have had a medical on Monday ahead of completing the move.
Highly-rated central midfielder
Fred is highly-rated after impressing in the heart of the Shakhtar Donetsk midfield under Portuguese boss Paulo Fonseca. The Brazilian international is seen by many as the complete box-to-box midfielder, able to create and also destroy opposition attacks.
He has good pace and passing range and should add some dynamism to a ponderous United midfield for next season. He is not afraid to put a tackle in, although his record of 13 yellow cards and 1 red last season in 19 appearances suggests that tackling is not his strong suit.
The midfielder had previously been linked with a move to United’s city rivals Manchester City. However, it seems he will be turning out for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils instead.
Fred is likely to form a powerful trio with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in the centre of the United midfield next season. Matic is likely to sit behind the more dynamic pair of Fred and Pogba. From a United point of view, it looks like an exciting prospect.
Fred at the World Cup
Before he thinks about turning out for Manchester United next season, the midfielder’s attention will be on the World Cup, with the Selecao one of the favourites to lift the competition.
Brazil has a plethora of central midfield options available for the summer tournament in Russia. Fred may not start the Selecao’s first game. However, he may get a chance to shine in Russia.
If he does not then it will not be long before he is strutting his stuff in a United shirt. If his time at Shakhtar is anything to go by, he could prove to be a very good signing for the Red Devils.
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