The Brazilian has also been linked to Manchester City. The midfielder will cost United €50 million. The midfielder was included in the 2015 Copa America squad and started two games alongside Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Fernandinho. It wouldn't be a new experience for him, given he played against his fellow countryman in the Champions League group stage this season. The minnows also upset Napoli to qualify for the knockout round.
Fred is a box to box midfielder, known for his incisive passing and through balls.
Whilst Nemanja Matic greatly impressed for United following his summer transfer from rivals Chelsea, France worldwide Paul Pogba had a season to forget, with the former Juventus man putting in a number of ineffective performances that saw Mourinho lose faith in the 25-year-old.
Fred's physicality and his ability to carry the ball forward will make him well suited for the English Premier League.
"If Fred won Brazil caps and go to the World Cup, this indicates that Shakhtar has gathered a very strong and quality player".
Manchester United target Fred to decide future after World Cup
United's interest in the Shakhtar star comes in the wake of Michael Carrick's retirement and with Marouane Fellaini looking set to move on when his contract expires.
Man United have had a tough season despite finishing runners-up in the league.
Manchester City is reluctant to offer more and back off from the signing of the midfielder.
As a result, Manchester United are expected to try and get the transfer over the line in the coming week, when Fred will be travelling to Anfield, which is just 29 miles from the Red Devils' Carrington training complex, for an worldwide friendly against Croatia.
United defender Matteo Darmian, meanwhile, is interesting Juventus. You just think about that, forget about other things.
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