Man Utd release statement to confirm Fred agreement

Date published: Tuesday 5th June 2018 3:48 - Matthew Briggs

Man Utd have released a statement confirming they have agreed a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fred.

Turkey manager Mircea Lucescu earlier congratulated Fred on his all-but complete £52million transfer to United.

Lucescu coached Fred at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he moulded him into his current defensive midfield role, and spoke of his pride that he will now have a chance to shine in the Premier League.

He said: “I’m really pleased Fred has completed his transfer to Manchester United.

“When I signed him at Shakhtar, Taison and Bernard were playing in his position. I transformed his position, giving him a more defensive role.”

Fred’s transfer is expected to be sealed within the next 24 hours, after he completed a medical on Monday. The midfielder – part of Brazil’s squad for the 2018 World Cup – will sign a four-year deal with a 12-month option worth an initial £85,000 a week.

He will cost the club £52million, with his arrival expected to be the first of three potential deals over the next few days in what looks likely to be a busy summer for Manchester United.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos.

“A further announcement will be made in due course,” read a statement on the club’s website.


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