Man United agrees to deal for Fred

Mircea Lucescu confirms Fred has completed move to Old Trafford

Mircea Lucescu confirms Fred has completed move to Old Trafford

Media speculation suggests United will pay Shaktar about £52 million for the 25-year-old, who is in Brazil's squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

While Fred is frequently compared to Manchester City's Fernandinho - due to his nationality, position and career path thus far - perhaps Tottenham's Mousa Dembele is a better, more accurate comparison.

Brazilian midfielder Fred will need time to adapt to the demands of English football but has all the attributes to succeed at Manchester United, former World Player of the Year Rivaldo has said.

Fred, who will become the fourth most expensive player in United history after Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Angel Di Maria, underwent a successful medical earlier this week.

The Premier League campaign will kick off on Saturday, August 11.

As they prepare for the World Cup in order to look sharp on the pitch, the Brazil players are also aiming to look sharp off it too.

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With midfielder Michael Carrick retiring from playing and Marouane Fellaini having refused to sign a new contract and expected to leave, Mourinho wanted to strengthen midfield.

Sources have told ESPN FC the deal for the 25-year-old is worth around €55 million, which could rise to €60m with add-ons.

Midfielder Fred also got his black barnet newly coiffured and shaped, with a special gel added that made his spiky curls glitter.

United will doubtless be delighted to have confirmed the signing of Fred before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as the deal could have been complicated had he impressed in Russian Federation.

The Red Devils have not won the top-flight trophy since their famous final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013, and they ended last season without any silverware.

United might not yet be finished with transfer activity prior to the June 14 kickoff of the World Cup.

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