Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Brazil midfielder Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos from Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported £47m.
Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.
United are also closing in on Porto’s 19-year-old defender Diogo Dalot and should complete the deal this week.
Dalot has a £17.4m release clause and is understood to have had his medical.
The transfer should hasten the exits of Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, who has been strongly linked with Juventus, and Netherlands defender Daley Blind, neither of whom has a long-term future under Mourinho.
Fred is in Brazil’s World Cup squad and appeared as an 82nd-minute substitute for his country as they beat Croatia 2-0 in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday.
Brazil coach Tite had said he wanted his players’ domestic futures sorted before the tournament in Russia, which starts on 14 June.
Born in Belo Horizonte, Fred moved to Europe in 2013 from Brazilian club Internacional and enjoyed success during five years in Ukraine.
He helped Shakhtar to win three league titles, three Ukrainian Cups and four Ukrainian Super Cups.
Fred also helped Shakhtar reach the Champions League knockout stages in 2017-18. He played in wins over Manchester City and Napoli, scoring in a 2-1 win over Roma in the last 16.
Chelsea winger Willian, who played for Shakhtar between 2007 and 2013, believes Fred will he a success in England.
“He has a lot of quality, he can improve a lot,” he said. “He goes to one of the best teams in the world and I’m happy for him. I hope he does well at Manchester United.
“He is very happy to come to the Premier League to play, we talked a little bit about that.
“He is excited to start but now it is time to think about the World Cup and think about the national team.”
However, Fred’s career has not been without controversy.
In December 2015, he was given a one-year ban after testing positive for a banned diuretic, which was backdated to June that year when the test was carried out.
The suspension only applied to games sanctioned by South American football federation Conmebol.
Manchester United are getting a fine player for their money. Pep Guardiola was very impressed when Fred played against Manchester City for Shakhtar in the Champions League in 2017-18.
You can see something of a mini version of [Manchester City midfielder] Fernandinho.
United are getting a little, stocky, left-footed midfielder who will bring real dynamism. Fred can work box to box, he has a lovely left foot, he’s improving very nicely and has picked up valuable European experience.
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Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (born 5 March 1993), known as Fred (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈfɾɛd(ʒ)i]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for for Premier League club Manchester United.
On 26 June 2013, Fred signed for Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth €15 million. He scored two goals on his competitive debut in the Ukrainian Super Cup, helping to a 3–1 victory over Chornomorets Odesa.
In May 2018, he was named in Tite’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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- Ukrainian Premier League: 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Ukrainian Cup: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Ukrainian Super Cup: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
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Born in Braga, Dalot joined Porto‘s youth system in 2008, aged 9. On 28 January 2017 he made his senior debut withthe B team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home loss against Leixões S.C. for the LigaPro championship.
Dalot first appeared with the first team in competitive games on 13 October 2017, starting in a 6–0 away win over Lusitano G.C. for the season‘s Taça de Portugal. He first played in the Primeira Liga on 18 February 2018, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 5–0 home routing of Rio Ave FC.
Dalot helped Portugal win the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, scoring twice in five games in Azerbaijan including once in the final against Spain. The same year, he helped the under-19 team reach the quarter-finals of the same competition.
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- UEFA European Under-17 Championship: Team of the Tournament 2016
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: Team of the Tournament 2017