Manchester United reach agreement to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

07 June, 2018, 02:32 | Author: Laura Christensen
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According to The Sun Fred has swapped Shakhtar for United in a £52m, five-year deal, and he will link up with his new teammates after doing his bit for Brazil in the World Cup.

Manchester United announced on Tuesday they have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian global midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk as Jose Mourinho seeks the magic formula to topple Premier League Champions Manchester City.

"A further announcement will be made in due course", is how the Red Devils ended their statement, but Fred is a Red and that's nothing but good news for the club.

He joined Shakhtar in 2013 from Internacional as a raw 20-year-old and has matured into an elite, world class player in Ukraine.

By signing Fred, Mourinho will be bringing in not only a talented midfielder but a player who can allow him tactical flexibility.

During Shakhtar's Champions League campaign, Fred ranked top in their squad for passes completed (443), tackles won (18) and dribbles completed (23).


Rivaldo, a World Cup victor in 2002, enjoyed a playing career that saw him represent clubs in Angola, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Uzbekistan as well as his native Brazil.

"If you sign Cristiano Ronaldo, do you tell him to track back all day and play a cautious midfield role?". He was tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in a sample taken during the competition and was disqualified from playing. Michael Carrick's retirement has only heightened the need for another commanding midfield presence.

"It's very hard, I don't want to be emotional but I have to be", said Mourinho.

Though he may not have the star power of a Paul Pogba or an Alexis Sanchez, Fred could very well turn out to be a very astute signing by the club.

United now miss that desire in their midfield, if not in the team hotel the night before games.

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