Manchester United target Fred touches down in England ahead of £44m transfer -
Manchester United target Fred has touched down in England with the rest of the Brazil squad as he looks to wrap up a transfer to Old Trafford before the start of the World Cup. The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is part of Tite’s Brazil squad for the tournament in Russia next month, though first the Selecao will take on Croatia at Anfield on June 3. Fred is currently being lined up by Jose Mourinho to strengthen his midfield, and United had hoped to use Brazil’s stopover in England to finalise a deal.
Fred’s agent, former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva, already flew to England a week ago to begin putting plans in place for a transfer. The 25-year-old had also been chased by Manchester City, while United officials feared Fred might have been holding out for a move to PSG and would not decide his future until after the World Cup.
But United will now look to push through a deal while Fred is in the UK, with the Brazilian – and the rest of his teammates – holed up in Tottenham’s training facility until June 8. Fred is expected to cost around £44million, with Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov adamant that the Ukrainian club will extract maximum value for the midfielder.
He said: ‘We’ll get exactly the amount he costs. We can’t get a dollar if the player costs 50 cents. ‘We don’t want to sell him for 50 cents if the footballer costs a dollar. This will be a market price, the fair price and it will be beneficial both for the club inviting Fred and for us. ‘That is, I can somewhat feel that Fred will be more expensive than Fernandinho and Alex Teixeira.’ #realmadrid #fcbarcelona #griezmann #neymar #pogba #soccergame #football #soccer #benzema #cristianoronaldo #manchesterunited #transfernews #hazard #l4l #garethbale #Manunited #messi #fans #ronaldo #instfootball #photooftheday - #fred #fansweek