Manchester United sign Fred for £52m


Brazil midfielder Fred became Manchester United's first signing of the close season after they agreed a deal on Tuesday with Ukrainian outfit Shakhthar Donetsk.

Fred made his Brazil debut in November 2014 and, due to an injury to Luiz Gustavo, was a starter by the time of Brazil's disappointing 2015 Copa America campaign.

Fred is set to become the seventh Brazilian worldwide to ever play for Manchester United.

Handed his debut by Dunga in 2014, Fred's global career was disrupted after testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America.

Manchester United fans are certainly enjoying the news that they've beaten Pep Guardiola's team to the signing of Fred, particularly since it was announced previous year he's "definitely" signing for the blue side of Manchester.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has never hidden his unabashed love for Brazilian football and its players.

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Possebon, now a sporting director, has no doubts that Fred is ready for the Premier League.

"Diogo Dalot to Manchester United is done", he tweeted.

However, we are here to discuss the success stories, so take a look at five active players who played for Shakhtar Donetsk and also found success elsewhere. One ex-teammate told the South China Morning Post: "Fred's a good player skilfully, though he's not physically strong or quick".

Willian said he has given advice to Fred about playing in England but insists both men are fully focused on the World Cup ahead of their country's final warm-up friendly against Austria on Sunday.

With Michael Carrick retiring and uncertainty over Marouane Fellaini's future in Manchester, United have turned to the 25-year-old in a deal that it is reported will be worth £52million. So it remains to be seen how Fred will cope in the Premier League.

Instead, the Portuguese boss intends to play a three-man midfield with Nemanja Matic included.