Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Manchester United are "close" to making their first signing of the summer

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Meanwhile, Barcelona have given a nod to Arsenal's pursuit of forward, Ousmane Dembele and the French global might be seen moving to the Premier League next season.

It would also have been a hard transfer to complete, as Shakhtar were still in the Champions League at the time and would have demanded a hefty price for one of their most prized assets.

The Manchester Evening News reports Fred's transfer from Shakhtar is close to completion, with United ready to tie up a £53m deal to bring him to the club.

Reports recently however have suggested that Guardiola has cooled his interest over the recent months, preferring to target Napoli midfielder Jorginho, allowing United to have a clear run to sign Fred.

Landing Fred so early in the transfer window would be great business from United, whose fans are convinced a move is inevitable after what they've spotted on Instagram.

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The deal could be completed ahead of the World Cup, as Fred will travel to England next week for Brazil's friendly with Croatia at Anfield, which gives him the opportunity to put pen to paper on a contract at Old Trafford. They offered us around €50m for Fred.

He added: "It's an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches".

Often compared to compatriot Fernandinho, especially when linked to City, Fred's style more closely resembles that of Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté, but with more creativity.

Fred's addition would let Nemanja Matic get to the next level. He has made 156 appearances for Shakhtar, scoring 14 goals and winning three Ukrainian Premier League titles.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is also reported to be on United's wanted list, with defenders Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian, midfielders Juan Mata and Marouane Fellani, as well as forward Anthony Martial all tipped to leave this summer.

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