Manchester United reach agreement to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

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Manchester United have today confirmed the signing of Brazil worldwide Fred on a four-year contract, after the completion of a medical.

United are in need of midfield reinforcements with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.

Willian spent five-and-a-half years with Shakhtar before leaving in January 2013 for a short spell with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, while Fred arrived in Donetsk from Brazilian side Internacional five months later.

"Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos".

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The Belgian worldwide is reportedly a target for Arsenal this summer, and his departure from Old Trafford is all but confirmed as of now.

It takes United's spending to around £70m in a day - it is expected that the club will make another announcement imminently, though they may wait until tomorrow to do so following the announcement of the Fred deal. The Red Devils are reportedly close to completing a deal for Porto's Portugal U-21 right-back Diogo Dalot and remain in contact with Tottenham Hotspur about Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld. He has a lot of qualities. "If I was a club manager, I would be looking to sign him".

Gabriel Jesus jokes that fellow countryman Fred will always have his support, even if he is linked with a move to rival Manchester United. He goes to one of the best teams in the world.

He faced United in the Champions League at Old Trafford during David Moyes' reign, and also played against Manchester City in last season's competition as Shakhtar reached the last 16. I think he is very happy but now it is time to think about national team'.

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