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Manchester United sign Fred for £52m

Man Utd transfer news David De Gea has insisted he is happy at Old Trafford

The 25-year-old is said to have had a medical at United's Carrington training headquarters over the past few days and he is expected to cost $69.3 million from the Ukrainian giants.

Manchester United have agreed a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for midfielder Fred - but where will he fit in to Jose Mourinho's line-up?

"A further announcement will be made in due course".

At around 5 ft 7 inches, Fred is a dynamic box to box midfielder who should improve United's tempo going forward.

"He's very happy to come to the Premier League to play, we talked a little bit about that".

Former Brazil star Rivaldo has labelled Fred a wonderful player as the midfielder closes in on a move to Manchester United.

Brazil legend Rivaldo echoed Willian's sentiments, but urged Manchester United to give the 25-year-old time to settle in his new surrounds.

The question remains, however, will Mourinho's big spending really make a dent on the gulf between the Red Devils and Man City next season?

Fred caught the eye in Shakhtar's run to the last-16 of the Champions League, where the Ukrainians only lost out on away goals to Roma.

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

Managerial mastermind Jose Mourinho continues his World Cup 2018 predictions by picking Brazil to finishing atop Group E and a surprise 2nd place selection that sees Nemanja Matic scoring a cheeky holiday. He was tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in a sample taken during the competition and was disqualified from playing.

With 12 of his players featuring in Russian Federation - including new signing Fred -Mourinho faces the prospect of preparing for the new season without the bulk of his first-team squad. "Then Shakhtar Donetsk did not allow him to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio".