Fred is Red: Manchester United Buy Shakhtar Donetsk Star

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With Sky Sports reporting that the Manchester club are in "advanced talks" with Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Fred, it seems as though Jose Mourinho is already plotting his moves for the return of the Premier League after the summer. The Red Devils have finalised a fee of around £44m for the transfer which is slightly lesser than the midfielder's £53m release clause.

Fred has been linked with Manchester United since the January transfer window, while Manchester City, too, were believed to be keen on the midfielder, with reports of the Citizens making an offer for the 25-year old also surfacing.

Manchester City dropped out of the race for his signature last month, leaving Manchester United on pole position to sign him.

Reports this morning say Fred has held talks with United and a move could be concluded as early as next week.

Such versatility might have been the reason behind Tite's somewhat controversial decision to include Fred in Brazil's World Cup squad.

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Ronaldo, a five-times world player of the year, is top scorer in the Champions League for a sixth year in a row with 15 goals in 12 games in this season's competition. The arrival of Fred is a step in the right direction for Manchester United.

It would be a big surprise if United actually signed another attacking player, considering Mourinho said in February that he wouldn't be signing any more forwards in the summer.

He could form an effective central trio at United with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

"Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are compatible together, they are two good players who would be better together than in separate teams", he told Cope. In 2015, he tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil in the Copa America.

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