Manchester United announce the signing of 25-year-old midfielder for £47million

Manchester United have officially confirmed the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred. United are understood to have spent a £47m fee for the Brazil international, who has signed a five-year contract with the club.

The 25-year-old had been strongly linked with United over the past couple of weeks and the club have now officially ended the speculation by confirming the midfielder’s transfer, subject to an international clearance.

Fred has been brought to Old Trafford as a suitable replacement for the retired Michael Carrick and the Brazilian will be hoping to lay a mark with his passing and defensive contribution often highlighted as his key strengths.

The Brazilian is also comfortable playing with his left and right foot and he could equally pose a threat on the counter attack against the opposition with his tendency to take on long shots, similarly to Paul Pogba.

Fred’s transfer is undoubtedly only the beginning of United’s transfer business for the summer with the club supposedly close to signing Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot from FC Porto.

Meanwhile, there could be another midfield signing to compensate for Marouane Fellaini’s potential exit this month whilst an experienced centre-back remains another key priority for the transfer window.

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