Manchester United Begin Summer Spree With World Cup Star

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Manchester United are close to agreeing their first deal of the summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Long-time Manchester City target Fred is set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk for England’s footballing capital but will move to Old Trafford instead.

Interest in the 25-year-old midfielder has been quietly dropped by the Premier League champions with Napoli’s Jorginho, 26, taking their attention.

It’s left the Red Devils clear to land the Brazil international and with the Seleção facing Croatia at Anfield at the end of the month, United are expected to take time to agree terms with the player before the World Cup begins.

A £60m release clause in the midfielder’s contract isn’t expected to deter United’s ardour for a player, particularly with Michael Carrick, 36, retiring and Marouane Fellaini, 30, seemingly heading for pastures new. AC Milan are the latest in a long line of clubs to show an interest in the Belgium international.

Mourinho wants to strengthen his midfield and hasn’t given up hope of adding Chelsea outcast Willian, 29, to his squad. However, the Blues reluctance to sell to an English club means United are looking elsewhere for answers.

With seven caps to his name, Fred wasn’t expected to travel to the World Cup finals but such has been his club form, Tite found it impossible to ignore his claims for a place in the final 23.