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The Guardian are reporting Manchester United are in “Advance talk” with Shakhtar and the midfielder’s representatives over a move for Fred this summer.
The 25-year-old Brazilian will form a midfield trio with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, with United reportedly deciding against pursuing Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who could cost around double Fred’s reported fee.
After the retirement of Michael Carrick and with Marouane Fellaini yet to sign a contract extension at Old Trafford, Mourinho is looking to bolster his midfield options this summer and United have also registered a strong interest in Milinkovic-Savic.
United have also showed an interest in Nice’s Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michaël Seri, who has been tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
The paper also claimed he would cost Man Utd in the rejoin of €50m (£43.7m) for his signature.