- Premier League giants, Manchester United, are hoping to sign Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Fred
- Fred, 25, who was included in Brazil squad for the World Cup
- Shakhtar reportedly slapped a £52m release clause into the central midfielder's contract
Premier League giants, Manchester United, are hoping to sign Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Fred before the World Cup, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho hinted he wants to sign a Brazilian and has been chasing the Shakhtar ace.
Fred, 25, who was included in Brazil squad for the World Cup is heading to Europe next week as South American giants face Croatia at Anfield in a warm-up for this summer's tournament.
And the Manchester Evening News claims United believe they will be able to finalise a move for the seven-cap ace then.
Shakhtar reportedly slapped a £52m release clause into the central midfielder's contract.
But United are willing to match the huge price as Mourinho aims to replace Michael Carrick.
Fred's agent - former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva - met his client in Brazil last week and will now try to close the deal.
The Portuguese born manager is expected to spend big during the transfer window following his side’s unimpressive performance in all competitions this season.
Mourinho led the Red Devils in his first season at Old Trafford – after winning the Europa League title and the Carabao Cup last term.
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