Manchester United close to completing the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred

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The Austria worldwide swapped Stoke City for east London last summer in a £25million move. Fred is a product of the Porto Alegre-based Internacional's youth academy.

At one point it looked as though Fred would follow in Fernandinho's footsteps but Shakhtar refused to negotiate with Man City club in January, claiming they needed the player for the Champions League knockout stages.

Manchester City have also been credited with an interest in signing the Brazil global this summer, but the player himself has now said that he plans to delay any decision about his future until after his involvement in the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I believe some coaches need that with their teams". United are in desperate need of a midfielder with good ball-winning qualities as well as a desire to push forward, so should he join, Fred could prove the flawless foil for Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba. Additionally, Fred has scored two goals and registered one assist. And we had enough strength to reject it because we were playing in the Champions League, we were finishing the Ukrainian League campaign.

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Fred played an important role in Shakhtar's title win in Ukraine this season. He served a suspension after testing positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide, following a sample he provided during the 2015 Copa América.

As well as pursuing a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, Mourinho is also keen to tie up a deal for Fred before the World Cup gets underway in three weeks time.

Instead, he is an all-action midfield powerhouse who is strong in the tackle, resourceful on the ball and able to move his team up the pitch through lung-busting runs forward. He didn't play a single minute in qualifying and more creative players like Lazio's Felipe Anderson, Besiktas' Talisca and Fenerbahce's Giuliano were left at home to make space.

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