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Fred confirms Manchester United negotiations

The Brazilian midfielder is set to be United’s first signing of the summer.

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Shakhtar Donetsk’s midfielder Fred has confirmed that his current employers are negotiating his transfer to Manchester United. After reports emerged earlier this week that a deal may have been close, the player himself has weighed in:

“Talks have been at an advanced stage since January, if I am not mistaken,” he said. “There was a possible transfer to City. Shortly after, both clubs, City and United talked with Shakhtar and with my agents about a possible transfer.

”And if I am not mistaken, there was news of a strong bid by United. But I am focused solely on the World Cup.

“My agents are taking care of this, led by Gilberto Silva. He’s a very calm guy, one that I give all the freedom [to decide], as he is someone I deeply trust.”

Conveniently, the 25 year-old Brazilian will be with the rest of his World Cup-bound colleagues for a friendly in the northwest of England. Time enough to get a medical done and put pen to paper perhaps?