Manchester United hope to make Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred their first signing of the summer in a £52.5million deal.
Talks over a transfer worth £43m plus add-ons have advanced after Jose Mourinho identified the 25-year-old Brazilian as the defensive midfielder he needs at Old Trafford.
Fred could have a medical after Brazil fly to England on Sunday to play Croatia at Anfield next week in a World Cup warm-up game, and United want the transfer tied up before the tournament in Russia.
Manchester United are looking to tie up a deal for Fred before he travels for the World Cup
United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to sign Fred for £52.5million this summer
Shakhtar have already lined up a replacement after agreeing a £5m deal for Maycon from Corinthians.
The Ukrainian club’s president Rinat Akhmetov confirmed that Fred will be sold for more than Fernandinho and Alex Teixeira who joined Manchester City and Jiangsu Suning for £30m and £45m respectively.
Fred also looked set to join City in the January transfer window but the deal fell through when United declared an interest, and the Premier League champions switched their sights to Jorginho of Napoli.
‘We will sell Fred to a good and strong club, do not doubt it,’ said Akhmetov.
‘For how much? I can only say that he will cost the potential buyer more than Fernandinho and even more expensive than Alex Teixeira.’
The former Internacional player is one of two midfielders wanted by Mourinho this summer to replace Michael Carrick and, probably, Marouane Fellaini.
The United boss would also like to sign as many as four defenders, but may have to be satisfied with two.
United hope to sign Belgium centre back Toby Alderweireld after making a formal approach to Tottenham.
However, Spurs’ demand for up to £75m for a player who will be 30 when his contract expires next year will be a stumbling block.
Mourinho will sign at least one full back with Daley Blind set to leave and Juventus confirming they are close to agreeing a £12m deal for Matteo Darmian.
‘He is Italian and our hardcore must always be formed by players of our national team,’ said Juve chief executive Guiseppe Marotta. ‘It’s a profile that interests us.’
Marotta confirmed that Juve want to extend Alex Sandro’s contract despite interest from United and Paris Saint-Germain in the Brazil left back.
United have also drawn up a list of targets at right back which includes Sime Vrsaljko, of Atletico Madrid, Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe, and Joao Cancelo who has been on loan at Inter Milan from Valencia.
United have also made the first move in a potential move for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.