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World Cup-bound Fred, who is expected to be a crucial member of the Selecao roster in Russian Federation, is closing in on a transfer to Manchester United, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Brazilian was initially said to be leaning towards a move to Manchester City during the winter transfer window but the move fell through as Shakhtar were reluctant over a mid-season sale. Manchester City is reluctant to offer more and back off from the signing of the midfielder.

Manchester United have been active in the market for a new central midfielder, following the retirement of veteran midfielder Michael Carrick at the end of the season.

However, in Fred's case, United could take advantage of Brazil's presence in England next week to complete a medical should the transfer progress positively.

But United will now look to push through a deal while Fred is in the UK, with the Brazilian - and the rest of his teammates - holed up in Tottenham's training facility until June 8. The French star could breathe a sigh of relief by knowing that an extra man is there in midfield when he goes bombing up the pitch during games. The Serb has enjoyed a fabulous season since moving to Manchester United from Chelsea.

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"My agents are taking care of this, led by Gilberto Silva".

If Mourinho decides to shift to 4-2-3-1, which is highly unlikely, the Atletico Mineiro youth product would provide an extra layer of solidity alongside Nemanja Matic or Paul Pogba.

But that has not deterred his suitors with many clubs keen on the versatile midfielder and Mourinho may want to get in before the rest to secure the signing. The Premier League is his preferred destination.

However, it now seems Manchester United have managed to pip the newly crowned Spanish champions for the signing of Fred.

Fred is not quite the same, though what the diminutive 25-year-old brings perfectly compliments his potential partners at United.