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.

The 25-year-old, who has been selected for this summer’s World Cup, is set to become Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho’s first signing of the summer.

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.


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.

Club career:

Shakhtar Donetsk

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. 

During the Ukrainian crisis, Fred was among the six Shakhtar players who refused to return to Donetsk in July 2014 following a pre-season friendly against Olympique Lyonnais in France.

On 21 February 2018, Fred scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16‘s first leg with AS Roma. The match ended 2–1 for his team.

On 5 June 2018, Premier League club Manchester United reached an agreement to sign Fred.

International career

Due to the injury to Luiz Gustavo, Fred was called up to Brazil‘s squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, starting in their final two Group C matches as they reached the quarter-finals.

In May 2018, he was named in Tite’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2012 Série A 28 6 0 0 0 0 5 0 33 6
2013 5 1 2 0 0 0 15 1 22 2
Total 33 7 2 0 0 0 20 1 55 8
Shakhtar Donetsk 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 23 2 3 0 4 0 1 2 31 4
2014–15 22 1 6 0 7 0 0 0 35 1
2015–16 12 2 0 0 10 0 1 0 23 2
2016–17 18 2 0 0 10 1 1 0 29 3
2017–18 26 3 3 0 8 1 0 0 37 4
Total 101 10 12 0 39 2 3 2 156 14
Career Total 134 17 14 0 39 2 23 3 210 22



Year Apps Goals
2014 2 0
2015 4 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 2 0
Total 8 0



Shakhtar Donetsk

MORE ON José Diogo Dalot Teixeira

José Diogo Dalot Teixeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [diˈoɡu dɑloʊ]; 18 March 1999), known as Dalot, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a right or left-back for FC Porto.

Club career

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.

International career

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.

Dalot represented the nation at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, starting in all the matches in an eventual quarter-final exit.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Europe[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto B 2016–17[1] LigaPro 3 0 3 0
2017–18[1] LigaPro 20 2 20 2
Total 23 2 23 2
Porto 2017–18[1][11] Primeira Liga 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Career total 29 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 31 2



Portugal U17