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Manchester United reach agreement for £52.5m man Fred

05 June, 2018, 21:41 | Author: Rachael Silva

Nemanja Matic has welcomed Fred to Manchester United after the club confirmed they have reached an agreement to sign him on Monday.

The 25-year-old has been in excellent form for Shakhtar since joining the club from Internacional five years ago so I'm sure the South American will prove to be a superb addition to United's squad.

The full-back's move means Matteo Darmian is all but certain to leave the club following strong links with Juventus.

Fred had spoken about links to United after Brazil's 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield, where he came on for an eight-minute cameo.

Lucescu is credited for transforming Fred into a holding midfielder at Shakhtar.


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.

He was banned from worldwide football for a year by South America's governing body CONEMBOL, but only missed four months for Shakhtar as FIFA did not extend the ban to cover all confederations until February 2016.

Lucescu said of his imminent arrival at Old Trafford: "I'm really pleased Fred has completed his transfer to Manchester United, I am proud of him".

United are getting a little, stocky, left-footed midfielder who will bring real dynamism.

The Red Devils, who finished the season 19 points behind Premier League rivals Manchester City and lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea, are keen to boost their defensive options.

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