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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.

Manchester United reportedly finalising Fred transfer

Manchester United are reportedly finalising the transfer of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk according to an exclusive by the Manchester Evening News. Fred has been linked to United for a number of months now after Manchester City were previously linked to the player and were reportedly looking to sign him in January. The Brazilian is currently in the country preparing for the first friendly ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer. Brazil will face Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.

The MEN has stated that they understand United have not yet concluded their move for the 25-year-old but they do not expect any complications to delay the signing. It is suggested that the Old Trafford club and the representatives of the player are discussing the final stages of the transfer with United hoping to sign the Brazilian for a fee lower than his €60 million (£52.2 million) release clause. The is what Shakhtar Donetsk said they would only accept with United pushing for a £52.5 million move, which would include add-ons.

The Brazil squad are currently in London, training at Spurs Lodge in Enfield ahead of their warm-up match on Sunday. United have offices just 15 miles away in Mayfair, which is where the talk will be happening so United can ensure the deal crosses the line before Fred leaves the country after Sunday’s match, which is played just over 20 miles from Manchester but it is possible that United could conduct a medical and unveil their new signing away from the Aon Training Complex in Carrington.

The Manchester Evening News confirmed that Jose Mourinho signed his contract extension in London and Romelu Lukaku was signed whilst in Los Angeles last summer, so not all contract signings and medicals need to be conducted at the club, obviously it is better for the club if they can keep it in-house, as it can keep things on the down low to stop the media from knowing about, which works sometimes.

It was revealed last week that United were close to reaching an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for Fred with his agent, former Arsenal player Gilberto Silva flying to London, where he is believed to have discussed the possible transfer, where it was escalated. Also, in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Fred held a press conference where he confirmed that he and his representatives held advanced talks with United over the transfer, saying:

“There have been some advanced talks since January, when I almost went to Manchester City. Soon after City, United talked to Shakhtar and my agents. And today, if I’m not mistaken, there is very strong interest from United.”

United’s interest in Fred surfaced in January after Manchester City ruled out a move for the 25-year-old Brazilian and the player’s representatives flew to London after they thought United would make a swift move for the player. However, United were not interested in signing the player at that time, after pushing a move for Alexis Sanchez with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to Arsenal. United then moved ahead of City, after the Premier League champions quelled their interest and United pushed for a move to be confirmed early in the transfer window.

United supporters will be able to keep an eye on Fred during the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, which is something many are excited about. Depending on how far the country gets in the competition, will suggest whether Fred will be involved in the pre-season tour of the United States of America, which will commence after the World Cup has finished. However, if he does not make it to America, there may be some other matches played in Europe or even at Old Trafford ahead of the new season – last year United played in both Sweden and Ireland.

Manchester United closing on Fred transfer, which could be confirmed as early as next month – reports

Manchester United are close to making their first summer signing, according to the Manchester Evening News. Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is said to want a move to the Old Trafford club this summer. It is expected that the 25-year-old could make the move as early as the start of next month with United seeking to get their transfer business done early in the window with the FIFA World Cup coming up in just over 20 days and the fact the transfer window will shut before the first Premier League match of the new season.

Fred, who has been named in the Brazil 23-man squad for the World Cup, will be travelling to Europe next week as Brazil have a friendly against Croatia, which will be played at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium. It is expected that whilst in the North West, Fred could complete his move to United ahead of the World Cup with United concluding a deal early, which will put less pressure on the club to get deals across the line. United need to sign at least one central midfielder this summer, to replace Michael Carrick, who retired after playing the final Premier League match this season.

If Marouane Fellaini leaves the club on the expiry of his contract next month, as is expected, Mourinho will need to sign a second central midfielder this summer. United have been linked with Fred for some time now. It was expected that the Brazilian would move to Manchester City in January as a replacement for Fernandinho but that move did not happen with Pep Guardiola’s side seeking other options. United then moved ahead in the pecking order and speculation has intensified in the past few weeks as talk of a move to Manchester became rife.

Also, Mourinho has spoken about United lacking Brazilian players with some suggesting the club would become stocked with Samba football specialists. Some suggested this was going to be covered by Andreas Pereira, a Belgium-born Brazilian who would be returning from a season-long loan with Valencia. It seems that there could be another Brazilian coming to the Theatre of Dreams, years after the last Brazilian players to play for the club, Rafael da Silva and Anderson left in 2015.

Shakhtar Donetsk added a €60 million release clause into Fred’s last contract with the club, which will mean United would have to pay £53 million or so to get the deal completed. Fred has held talks with his agent, former Arsenal player Gilberto Silva. It is suggested that Silva flew to England after meeting Fred in Brazil, which seems to suggest any prospective deal is much further forward than expected. It was reported over the past few weeks that United may wait to sign Fred until after the World Cup this summer, something which may not now be correct.

This news will be welcome for those who want United to sort out the problems at the Old Trafford club this summer. It is suggested that Mourinho is seeking to sign a right-back, a left-back, a central defender, another central midfielder should Fellaini leave and possibly even a winger for the right wing, which is an area which has been lacking for a number of years now. United have been hotly linked with Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld with reports suggesting United could be offering as much as £55 million to sign the player.

Manchester United to battle with Paris Saint-Germain for Brazilian midfielder?

Manchester United will reportedly battle Paris Saint-Germain for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred this summer. Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to add the 25-year-old playmaker to his squad ahead of the new season, which his side will be expected to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola’s City were also keen on the Brazilian but have since ruled themselves out of the race for him this summer, apparently.

The Manchester Evening News has suggested the French champions will jump ahead of United in the face for Fred as they are short of defensive midfielders with Adrien Rabiot the only youthful player in that position. However, PSG does have both Thiago Motta, 35, and Lassana Diarra, 33, in their squad.

It has been reported that Fred has a £53 million release clause as part of his Shakhtar Donetsk contract, which expires in the summer of 2013, which could be a huge fee for the Parisien side, who paid just short of £200 million for Neymar last summer and will need to pay around £150 million plus to complete the signing of Kylian Mbappe this summer. Financial Fair Play could end up scuppering any potential deal for Fred, or any other player unless PSG is going to sell any of their assets.

It is suggested that both United and PSG may wait to see the player in action in the FIFA World Cup this summer after he was announced in the final 23-man squad for his country earlier today. United will need at least one new midfielder this summer after Michael Carrick hung up his playing boots in the final Premier League match of the season, a 1-0 victory over Watford on Sunday. Marouane Fellaini could also leave the club this summer, on the expiry of his contract, which will mean Mourinho will need to bring in two new midfielders.

It has been suggested that Carrick will have a hand in replacing himself in the squad with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic a player the club has been linked to for some time now, and one who will have a massive transfer fee, along with many of the top clubs in Europe credited with having an interest in him.

I am sure there will be more developments in the chase for Fred this summer. It would seem he is one of the names consistently linked to the Old Trafford club at the moment with Jean-Michael Seri also linked many months ago, now seemingly a target for Arsenal rather than United with his name not being credibly linked to the Theatre of Dreams for some time now. United will need to get their midfield right this summer though, Carrick will be a player who will be missed and his level of experience and quality will need to be matched.

Manchester United in pole-position to sign Fred this summer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is seeking to reinforce his midfield this summer with Michael Carrick set to retire and Marouane Fellaini seemingly leaving the Old Trafford club on the expiry of his contract this summer. United have been linked to many midfielders throughout the season from Carlos Soler to Jean-Michael Seri and Jorginho to Arturo Vidal. One mainstay being linked to the Theatre of Dreams is Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, Fred.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Old Trafford outfit is in ‘pole-position’ for the Brazilian with Manchester City, who were reportedly opting to bring the Brazilian to Manchester during the January transfer window, now ruling themselves out of a move for Fred. The 25-year-old midfielders representatives wanted both Manchester clubs to go head to head for the Brazilian this summer, which would see the fee rise, meaning more money for their own pockets.

That does not seem to be the case now, meaning United may be able to sign the player for a more reasonable fee. Fred is said to be interested in a move to the Premier League and United seem to be the only club interested in him right now, although that could change as we head into the actual transfer window, which will open earlier and close earlier this season with all moves set to be confirmed before the start of the new Premier League season.

Fred has seven caps for Brazil and will be hoping to make the 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, although it is said he only has an outside chance of that happening. Mourinho has already stated that the club will be investing in the squad this summer, needing to replace both Carrick and Fellaini, which will strengthen the midfield but also alluding that not all players to strengthen the squad will be new acquisitions, mentioning the talented youth players the manager will have at his disposal.

“We are going to invest the basic to improve our squad. We need to find a replacement for Michael Carrick, if Marouane Fellaini leaves, we need to find a replacement for Marouane Fellaini. There is always in the group of players, in the squad, there is always a player or a couple of players, they are not playing a lot, and they will try obviously to leave.

“So we are going again to touch our squad and to believe that more than spend, spend, spend, is probably the evolution of our players. We have some young players that need to get with both hands opportunities with their evolution, so let’s see.”

This season, Fred has played 2,867 minutes for his club. He has played 23 times in the Ukrainian Premier League, amassing 1,991 minutes of action, two appearances in the Ukrainian Cup, playing 156 minutes, also playing eight times in the UEFA Champions League, amassing a total of 720 minutes of action. His experience, in a first team sense, would be right for United. It is a question as to whether his ability would be right for the club. That could be answered by looking at his stats this season, maybe even comparing them to United players. It still will not give an indication.

Fred has scored twice this season (once in the Ukrainian Premier League, another in the UEFA Champions League), also assisting a further goal. Whilst that is not something that many will be impressed with, it suggests he is a different type of midfielder, not one who is always going to score goals. You need players within a team who do other things. Defensively, Fred offers an average of 2.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.8 clearances and 0.4 blocks per match.

Offensively, he is not all that bad either, offering an average of 1.6 shots, 1.1 key passes, and 2.9 dribbles per match. He does seem to find himself being dispossessed a lot of the time, an average of 1.9 times per match, also losing the ball through bad control 2.6 times each match. His passing does not seem the best either with just 56.8% of his passes reaching a teammate. These stats are solely from the UEFA Champions League though, so it does not tell all that big of a story.

Fred, just like any other player out there, has strengths and weaknesses. His main strengths are said to be his key passes, defensive contribution, passing and long shots. The main weakness is his aerial ability, which is not a major problem with United having height throughout the team. It is stated that Fred often gets fouled, he is a counter-attacking threat, likes to dribble, and get stuck into a tackle. Fred has been booked 12 times this season, also receiving a second yellow card and being sent off.

The reliance on Nemanja Matic as the defensive midfielder this season is something that should not be repeated next season, especially with United having to assemble a side to challenge Premier League champions Manchester City, also contend with the best in Europe to ensure a place in at least the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. United have improved massively this season, winning more matches, especially against top six clubs, also drawing fewer matches and scoring more goals. This summer is even more important because of what United need to achieve.

Manchester United linked with Fred but is he the real deal and would he fit in at Old Trafford?

Manchester United were originally linked with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred during the January transfer window and at that time it was suggested that his actual destination would be Manchester City. It has recently been claimed by the Daily Star that United have ‘suddenly emerged’ as the ‘leading candidates’ to sign the Brazilian midfielder. Pep Guardiola’s side has been tracking the 25-year-old, who would provide cover and a possible replacement for Fernandinho.

United manager Jose Mourinho stated in the past few weeks that he would be concentrating on the clubs midfield this summer and may need to replace both Michael Carrick, who is retiring, and Marouane Fellaini, whose contract expires at the end of the season and so far the Belgian midfielder has not accepted the clubs renewal of his contract and Mourinho wants him to remain at the Old Trafford club. There are also doubts surrounding Ander Herrera, who is caught up in a match-fixing investigation and could stand trial before the end of 2018.

The Sun are now reporting that United will be looking to negotiate a deal with Fred and his club ahead of a possible summer move. It is suggested that Shakhtar Donetsk will demand a fee of around £40 million for the 25-year-old before they agree to sanction a possible move for the player. United have a lack of quality in the holding midfield role with just Nemanja Matic, who arrived at the club last summer from Chelsea and the retiring Carrick in that area. There has been a lot of reliance on the Serbian this season and that could leave United further behind if it continues.

The rise of Scott McTominay has been a great addition to United’s squad this season but he is still learning and will take time to reach the standards needed – he may also become a different type of player than a holding midfielder based on his attacking nature, which could see him play further forward but former United captain Brian McClair has recently suggested that the player could become a solid partner to Eric Bailly in the centre of defence, which could be something or nothing.

It is said that United have made ‘discreet enquiries’ about Fred but how discreet they were, seems a little ironic as the media have been talking about them. It is also said that United received ‘encouraging feedback’, which has led to the club being somewhat confident to move forward for the Brazilian this summer. The buzz words used in the report seem too good to be true. The fact that the original report seems to come from the Star seems too good to be true also. They are not known for groundbreaking journalism, more click bait than anything else – my opinion.

City could still be interested in the player, despite the interest they have shown the player seemingly declining but any club would want a rival to think that. It could be that City are pressing forward with the signing of Fred and the media in the United Kingdon saw an opportunity to spread more discontent about Manchester United, which could start with an article about how United failed to sign Fred with Manchester City, or whoever, signing the player instead. That has been done hundreds of times before, it doesn’t seem to matter if the media print lies or the truth these days.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been reported as a suitor for Fred and they could be a challenge for any club this summer with their spending power. That said, PSG will need to pay for Kylian Mbappe this summer which could see them affected by Financial Fair Play, also being that it was only last summer when they paid almost £200 million for Neymar, who moved from Barcelona. I do think City will swoop for Fred though. There does not seem to be enough here to suggest United are actually interested and reports linking them to other midfielders seem stronger.

Fred could do a job at United. United will need at least two midfielders this summer, on to replace Carrick, the other to replace Fellaini if he chooses to leave the club as a free agent in the summer. Fred is a very strong passer and has a great defensive awareness. He is a good passer, something which would keep United on the right road, also with the ability to shoot from range. The Brazilian does get fouled often but he does like to tackle and is a counter-attacking threat. If reports are true, Fred could be a good addition to Manchester United in the summer.

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