Fred: The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder

Date set for Fred’s Man United arrival

Reports in the English media this afternoon have revealed the likely date for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred’s move to Manchester United to be confirmed.

Class act

Fred, a 25-year-old Brazilian international, has been plying his trade in the Ukraine since 2013, when he joined Shakhtar from Internacional.

And the technically-gifted South American, who can play either in an orthodox central midfield role or an attacking midfield role, has since gone on to develop into one of the most in-demand stars in Europe, with his performances during Shakhtar’s run to the Champions League’s last-16 this past season having seen some of the giants of the Premier League add their names to Fred’s list of admirers.

Done deal

Manchester United and Manchester City have been the two sides most heavily touted as a potential destination for the Selecao star, with reports in England since the turn of the year having suggested that the fierce rivals were set to enter into another bidding war this summer, following the January saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez.

LVIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 17: Fred and Frank Ribery during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Donbass Arena on February 17, 2015 in Lviv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

But, as per a number of reports last week, one of which crucially came from the ever-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester United have in fact already agreed a deal with Shakhtar for Fred, with the Red Devils set to splash out around £50 million on the midfielder’s signature.

Imminent

And, as per further updates courtesy of the Manchester Evening News and Sky Sport News this afternoon, Fred is set to undergo his medical with United over the coming days, with the transfer expected to be confirmed by Tuesday:

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