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According to a report via Sky Sports, Manchester United will officially announce a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk star Fred in the next seven days.
The Red Devils have a deal in place for the Brazil international, with United understood to be paying a fee of £52.5 million (€60m/$70m) to secure the 25-year-old’s signature.
Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has wished the Brazilian well at Old Trafford.
He told Shakhtar’s website: “We conducted the negotiations with the representatives of Man United for over two months.
“Since April, their scout had been constantly present at all our home games in Kharkiv.
“Jose Mourinho wanted to see Fred at Man Utd.
“The negotiations were interesting, and, as I said earlier, we are fully satisfied with the agreement terms.
“Fred has been at Shakhtar since 2013, he has grown seriously as a football player, deserving to continue his performance in a stronger league.
“I’m sure he will progress and improve his level. I wish him every success in the Premier League.
“It’s nice that our former players – Willian, Fernandinho, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, and Fred – will be playing in England for the top clubs competing for the top spot.”
Sky Sports News confirm the delay is due to work permit and his application is being processed as “expected and could be concluded before the end of the week”
Fred is leaving the Ukraine side after five years and 156 appearances.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have also completed and announced the signing of full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto on a five-year deal for a fee of around £19m.