Manchester United have announced that they have agreed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Brazil international, who is believed to be Michael Carrick replacement, has met United officials last weekend after Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield.

The 25-year-old, who is reported to sign a five-year deal, is believed to cost United a fee of £52 million.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred),” a statement read from club official website.

United boss Jose Mourinho has been looking for a defensive midfielder who could fill the void left by retired Carrick.

Fred, who is excellent in a dribbling, passing and defensive sense, is currently regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world of football.

The former Internacional star has scored 14 goals in 156 appearances for Shakhtar since joining Ukrainian side in 2013.

The Brazil international is now United’s first signing of the summer, with Portuguese boss Mourinho is looking to bolster his side.

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