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Manchester United sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m

Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported £52m, the Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Fred, who will play for Brazil in this summer’s World Cup, will become Manchester United’s first signing of the summer. 

City were close to landing Fred in January, sources said, before Pep Guardiola turned his attention to Napoli’s Italy international Jorginho.

The 25-year-old made his senior debut for Internacional in 2012 before moving to Shakhtar in 2013. He featured in a 1-0 defeat to United at Old Trafford in December 2013 in the Champions League groups stages.

He has been capped eight times by Brazil after making his international debut in 2014 and is part of the squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

United are also closing in on Porto’s 19-year-old defender Diogo Dalot.

Dalot has a release clause of £17.4m and is reported to be set for a United medical this week.

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