Manchester United to complete the signing of Fred next week – reports


Manchester United will reportedly sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk next week after making progress with his representatives. United have been finalising a deal for the 25-year-old Brazilian with United supporters moaning on social media about the time it has taken to sign the player. Obviously, nothing pleases everyone. The Manchester Evening News reported that Fred’s agent, former Arsenal player Gilberto Silva flew to London last week to escalate the transfer. Fred is currently in the country as Brazil play Croatia at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Shakhtar Donetsk had a €60 million release clause in Fred’s current contract, around £52.5 million and United are expected to sign the player in a £52.5 million deal, which includes add-ons. It was suggested by the media that United could sign Fred this week whilst he is in the country to face Croatia. Brazil play Austria in Vienna on the 10th June, six days before their FIFA World Cup opener against Switzerland on the 16th June. There is plenty of time to get the deal done before the World Cup starts.

The Sun has reported that United manager Jose Mourinho wants to get the transfer completed before he leaves the country for Russia, where he will be covering the World Cup as a pundit for Russian television. There seems to be little rush in completing the deal for Fred, which is not something that makes you worry, being that there are two months and eight days of the transfer window remaining this summer, the transfer window coming to a close on the 9th August 2018, just before the new Premier League season commences.

Fred will have his mind on the World Cup right now with Brazil looking to do a lot better than they did when they hosted the tournament four years ago. The defeat to Germany will haunt them greatly as they look to win their sixth World Cup this summer. The 25-year-old has spoken about the transfer, sort of, saying that he is solely focused on the World Cup and that his agents are taking care of the situation. Fred said:

“I am focused solely on the World Cup. My agents are taking care of this. It’s an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches. I have a versatility on the pitch and I’m a multi-skilled player able to play in both midfield positions. I believe some coaches need that with their teams.”

United may need to be on the lookout for a second central midfielder this summer as Marouane Fellaini’s contract comes close to expiry. The Belgian has been offered a new contract by United, with the player seemingly rejecting it. He has been a target for a number of clubs, who seem to back off after Fellaini gave his wage demands, which seem to be too high for any other club. This will mean that the saga will continue and hopefully end with the player leaving the Theatre of Dreams this summer, he’s not done himself any favours with his recent comments.

This transfer window will be a big one for United as Mourinho needs to ensure he gets rid of the players holding the club back, and there are many of them. Some players will have shown that at times, something the manager will have seen and will know about. Whether the club let him clear all of the deadwood remains to be seen as wage demands from these players will be problematic when trying to move them on – some only seem to be in the game for money, not actually trying to make this club better.

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