Manchester United are "close" to making their first signing of the summer

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It has even been reported that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was after him - despite it looking as though Jose Mourinho was nabbed the player from under his nose.

United are said to be in advanced talks with Shakhtar for Fred, but if the deal gets done what kind of player will they be acquiring?

The 25 year old from Belo Horizonte made the move to Ukraine quickly. He also started in their Champions League campaign, and helped them beat none other than Manchester City in the group stages. And Fred scored his first goal in the Brazilian championship in July 2012 against his beloved Atletico Mineiro, who featured Ronaldinho.

Fred joined Shakhtar from Brazilian side Internacional in 2013. United officials expect the team to win the Premier League title next season, despite the fact rivals City set a new points record in the league this term.

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Fred is predominantly a defensive midfielder so he'd be the ideal replacement for Carrick but he can also play at left-back if needed so I'm sure his versatility would appeal to Mourinho.

Although Pogba and Mourinho are rumoured to have fallen out, it would be a major surprise if United's no.6 were sold this summer. "You know that we had negotiations with Manchester City this winter, and there was an official offer - a very big figure", Akhmetov told Futbol 1.

Mourinho had also been looking at Serbian global Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but the Italians' refusal to budge from their €100m asking price, despite missing out on the Champions League this season, has seen the Premier League side look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements. He served a suspension after testing positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide, following a sample he provided during the 2015 Copa América.

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