Manchester United announce signing of Brazil’s Fred on five-year deal

Manchester United have announced the signing of Brazil’s Fred on a five-year deal from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee believed to be £52m.

The midfielder, currently on international duty at the World Cup in Russia, passed a medical on Thursday but missed his country’s opening match of the tournament – a 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday

“Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need. His creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game,” said José Mourinho. “I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players know how important he can be in our team.”

Fred said he was looking forward to working with the United manager. “This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team. To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.

”I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new teammates. I would like to thank everyone at Shakhtar Donetsk for everything they have done for me over the past five years. This is a very exciting time for me with my focus now fully on the World Cup with Brazil.”

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