Premier League giants Manchester United have this evening confirmed that the club have found an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk over the signing of midfielder Fred.
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.
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.
But, as reported by a number of outlets last week, Manchester United had in fact already agreed a deal with Shakhtar for Fred, with a fee of around £50 million touted.
‘Reached an agreement’
And, after claims emerged in England over the weekend that the Brazilian’s move to Old Trafford could be completed as early as today, Manchester United have this afternoon confirmed the club’s agreement with Shakhtar, with Fred’s arrival at Old Trafford set to be announced imminently:
#MUFC is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Fred.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 5, 2018