Manchester United closing in on their first major signing of the summer

ALL SMILES Filipe Luis and Fred train with the Brazil World Cup squad. Pic Reuters

It has been the big story of the day in most media outlets that Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, but the latest reports now suggest the potential transfer has taken another step closer. The midfielder was also a target for Spanish champions Barcelona. And Belgian worldwide Marouane Fellaini is also understood to be on the way out when his contract expires in just over a month, with AC Milan mooted to be a potential destination for the former Everton midfielder. Michael Carrick has retired and Marouane Fellaini may not sign a new contract, leaving Mourinho short of players in the middle of the park.

Fred was impressive in the Champions League this term; a gifted passer on either foot, he is also a powerful runner with the ball and with a low centre of gravity.

Toby Alderweireld is also on Mourinho's radar, with Tottenham said to be demanding a fee in the region of £75 million for the Belgian centre-back.

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The latest reports indicate that Fred is set to become the latest South American ace to ply his trade at Old Trafford.

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Do you think bringing in Fred is the right option for Manchester United?

After two seasons at Internacional, Fred joined the Ukrainian side in 2013.

The Brazilian worldwide would be the ultimate puzzle that the Manchester United jigsaw is missing and with no more Michael Carrick in the team, Fred could be the silent predator of this Manchester United squad for years to come. The 25-year old finished the campaign with 4 goals and 7 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions.

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City subsequently identified Fred as the ideal challenger to Fernandinho, who at the age of 33 may not have many years at the top of the game left in him.

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