Manchester United have agreed a €50million (£43.7million) deal with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk to sign one of Manchester City’s recent targets Fred, Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports.
City were in negotiations to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder in the January transfer window but no deal materialised. Though he remained in the rumour mill after, the profile of midfielder linked with the club changed to more possession-oriented types such as Thiago Alcântara, Julian Weigl and Jorginho.
It is Napoli’s Jorginho who Pep Guardiola made his top target ahead of Fred, leaving United with a clear run at the all-action midfielder, who they have now agreed to sign.
The Brazil international will form a midfield with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford as United begin a summer of heavy investment to try and close a 19-point gap on City. The Reds, like City, also considered Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić, but neither club was willing to spend over €100million.
United are also interested in Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Di Marzio reports, while considering West Ham attacker Marko Arnautović as an alternative.
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