Man Utd agree deal for £52m midfielder

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Brazil international Fred for £52million.

The midfielder will join from Ukraine side Shakhtar Donetsk where he has spent the last five seasons.

An official statement read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred).

"A further announcement will be made in due course."

Fred, who featured in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday, arrived at Carrington for his medical on Monday morning.

Fred is yet to sign his contract, but the Red Devils have announced an arrangement has now been agreed with the Ukrainian club.

The central-midfielder, who takes a more defensive role, becomes Jose Mourinho’s first signing of the summer.

Fred was previously linked with a move to rivals Manchester City, but it’s been reported that Pep Guardiola’s side cooled their interest in the Brazil ace.

It is thought Fred will provide competition for Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Ander Herrera in midfield, while also helping fill the void left by the recently retired Michael Carrick.

The Brazilian won three league titles in Ukraine, as well as three domestic cups.

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