Manchester United are reportedly in advanced discussions regarding a summer move for Brazilian midfielder Fred. The 25-year-old is currently in the ranks of Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk whom he joined from Internacional back in the summer of 2013.
According to Sky Sports News, the Red Devils have made significant progress towards signing the Brazil international, who has previously attracted interest from rivals Manchester City. It is added that Jose Mourinho’s side are keen to finalise the deal ahead of the summer World Cup where the midfielder will be representing his nation.
Mourinho has already clarified the intention to strengthen the midfield department and Fred’s potential arrival would most likely compensate for Michael Carrick’s retirement, though the pair vary with their playing styles.
Whilst Carrick made a name for himself with his excellent passing vision, Fred offers more in terms of his movement and he is capable of contributing on either side of the playing field.
The Brazilian is mostly commonly known for his tackling attributes but he has shown over the previous season that he can equally contribute on the attack with four goals and a further seven assists across all competitions.
Fred is expected to report with Brazil for their international friendly against Croatia at Anfield next weekend and United may probably utilise this opportunity to finalise a contract with the midfielder.
Regardless of Fred’s pursuit, Mourinho may consider a move for another midfielder during the summer, should Marouane Fellaini seek a Bosman exit from the Old Trafford outfit.
The Belgium international has so far refused to pen a fresh deal beyond June 2018 and he appears to be leaning towards a free transfer with the board yet to bow to his contract demands.
Fellaini is understood to want a two-year contract worth £100,000-a-week with United but the United hierarchy are only willing to offer him a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months on their discretion.