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03rd Jun 2018

Brazil midfielder set for Manchester United medical this week ahead of £52m transfer

United are hopeful of signing him before the World Cup starts

Reuben Pinder

Manchester United are going to spend money this summer, lots of it

First on United’s agenda seems to be bringing in a new central midfielder. Dissatisfied with how Nemanja Matić, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera have performed this season, either as a trio or in pairs, José Mourinho wants some fresh talent in the middle.

Brazilian midfielder Fred would appear to be the guy to satisfy that demand, as the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is set to have a medical this week before signing for United for a fee of £52m.

Fred’s representatives have flown over to Manchester to iron out the final details of the past transfer, according to Manchester Evening News, and the player’s agent will hold talks with United on Monday before the transfer is announced.

The Brazil squad are currently in the north-west of England anyway to play a friendly match against Croatia at Anfield this afternoon.

That has supposedly helped United to wrap the deal up before the World Cup starts, when transfer fees tend to become inflated due to the hype around the tournament.

MEN report that this signing alone is not enough for Mourinho, who wants another midfielder and three defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Alex Sandro and Diogo Dalot.