Manchester United close to signing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder

Jose Mourinho Manchester United

According to a report from the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are closing in on Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazilian international, Fred.

Getting business done early

As per the report in the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United wishes to have the deal for Fred wrapped up by the beginning of June.

This makes sense because of the earlier close date of the transfer window this year and also because panic buying players later in the window generally means clubs have to pay more.

Fresh legs

Fred is just 25 years old and is a solid box-to-box midfielder. This makes him an ideal replacement for two United players.

The first being Michael Carrick who retired at the end of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The second being Marouane Fellaini who could well be leaving Old Trafford this summer on a free transfer.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Michael Carrick of Manchester United is embraced by Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United after he is subsituted during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on May 13, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Release Clause

One big problem in Manchester United securing Fred this transfer window though is his release clause. Fred’s release clause is reportedly set at around 60 million Euros due to his latest contract.

While Fred is no doubt a top talent, United may not want to spend so much on one player. Especially when that player does not play in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

However, given the money United have spent on the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku in recent years, United could well fork up the full asking price to land their man.

Competition from City?

In the 2018 January transfer window Manchester City did look the more likely of the two Manchester clubs to sign Fred.

Since January though City look to have ended their pursuit of Fred and are now turning their attention to Napoli’s Jorginho. Meaning the door looks open for United to sign Fred, providing they pay the full asking price of course.


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