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Manchester United news: Fred closing in on transfer as Old Trafford chiefs aim to close £52m deal before World Cup

Jose Mourinho hinted he wanted to sign a Brazilian and appears to have got his man in the Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker

Manchester United are hoping to sign Fred before the World Cup, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho hinted he wants to sign a Brazilian and has been chasing the Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker.

Fred is currently in Brazil preparing for the World Cup after being picked by Tite

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Fred is currently in Brazil preparing for the World Cup after being picked by Tite

Fred, 25, is heading to Europe next week as Brazil face Croatia at Anfield in a warm-up for this summer’s tournament.

And the Manchester Evening News claims United believe they will be able to finalise a move for the seven-cap ace then.

Shakhtar reportedly slapped a £52million release clause into the central midfielder’s contract.

But Old Trafford chiefs are prepared to shell out as Mourinho aims to replace Michael Carrick.


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Fred operates in central midfield and will add quality to United

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Fred operates in central midfield and will add quality to United

The Brazilian has enjoyed a successful spell with Shakhtar

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The Brazilian has enjoyed a successful spell with Shakhtar

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Fred’s agent – former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva – met his client in Brazil last week and will now try to close the deal.

Alex Sandro and Willian are also on United’s radar, with added flair a priority this summer.

Manchester City were interested in Fred – a shock inclusion in the Brazil squad – but have switched their attentions to Napoli star Jorginho.

Retired Michael Carrick is playing a role in picking his replacement as he joins United’s backroom team

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Retired Michael Carrick is playing a role in picking his replacement as he joins United’s backroom team

Brazil face Croatia on June 3 and take on Austria a week later in their final friendly.

Tite’s side are up against Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in their group.


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