With Michael Carrick set for retirement coupled with doubts over Marouane Fellaini’s future in Old Trafford, Manchester United have turned to the 25-year-old in a deal that it is reported will be worth £52million.
A press release on United’s official website read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos.
Fred – who came off the bench in Brazil’s 2-0 World Cup warm-up win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday – was linked with record-breaking Premier League champions Manchester City in January.
A 2013 arrival from Brazil’s Internacional, Fred helped Ukrainian giants Shakhtar to three league titles, while amassing 155 appearances and 15 goals.
He is set to be joined by Porto full-back Diogo Dalot at Old Trafford, where Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti have emerged as reported targets.
“A further announcement will be made in due course.”