Man United set to pull out of £53m deal to sign Brazilian

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Despite putting pen to paper on a new five-year deal with the Ukrainian outfit at the turn of the year, the Brazilian has always been linked with a move to the Premier League and it seems that he will be the first of Mourinho's summer signings. The midfielder will cost United €50 million.

"I'm proud for myself and for my family but I think it's only the start".

Fred played an important role in Shakhtar's title win in Ukraine this season. And we had enough strength to reject it because we were playing in the Champions League, we were finishing the Ukrainian League campaign.

Fred is a box to box midfielder, known for his incisive passing and through balls.

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Fred's physicality and his ability to carry the ball forward will make him well suited for the English Premier League.

Jose Mourinho is in the market for at least one central midfielder after Michael Carrick retired while Marouane Fellaini is close to leaving the club after failing to agree terms over a new contract.

He is part of the 23-man Brazil squad that will travel to Russian Federation with designs on winning the World Cup, and if he has a good tournament other suitors could emerge to complicate matters for United.

The United boss would also like to sign as many as four defenders, but may have to be satisfied with two.

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester United hold an interest in a surprise deal to sign West Ham United attacker Marko Arnautovic this summer. With Matteo Darmian set to join Juventus, United could ask for Mario Mandzukic in return.

Fred could have a medical after Brazil fly to England on Sunday to play Croatia at Anfield next week in a World Cup warm-up game, and United want the transfer tied up before the tournament in Russian Federation.

This may seem like desperation, but in reality, it is just a smart move by a gaffer that doesn't fool about when it comes to getting things done as soon as possible.

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