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Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has revealed that Manchester United were working on a deal to sign Fred since April under the specific orders of Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils announced that they had reached an agreement to sign Fred last week, beating rivals Manchester City to his signature in the process.
Pep Guardiola had tried to sign Fred in the January transfer window, though injuries forced a rethink, and United swooped in after extensively scouting the Brazilian midfielder.
Palkin told Shakhtar’s official website: ‘We conducted the negotiations with the representatives of Man Utd 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 Manchester United.
‘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, Mkhitaryan, and Fred – have been playing in England for the top clubs competing for the top spot.’