Shaktar Donetsk midfielder is reportedly edging closer to a switch to Old Trafford in the summer despite huge interest from PSG, who are ready to block the deal from materializing.
The 25-year-old Brazilian was tracked by Manchester City in the previous transfer window, but the Citizens couldn’t strike a deal with the Ukrainian Champions for his signature.
Mourinho is reportedly leading the race for his services after making a €60m which would perfectly cover the player’s release clause.
According to Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils might officially confirm his signature before the start of the summer World Cup next month.
Fred will surely be a hit for the Old Trafford outfit, considering his pace and strength to push forward while attacking. His crave for possession of the ball is another rare trait which will propel him to greatness in his United career.
Just like highly-rated Chelsea star N’Golo Kante, Fred is a versatile player who can comfortably operate as an attacking midfielder and holding midfielder, depending on Mourinho’s tactics.
With Fred at the defensive midfield position, France international Paul Pogba would be offered the chance to operate in a more advanced position — dictating play and providing ‘killer passes’ for strikers — Lingard, Lukaku or Sanchez to convert.
Mourinho could decide to deploy him as a playmaker — a position where he performed exceptionally in the just concluded season. The 25-year-old has a great affection for wide-range shots which seems to be lacking in Mourinho’s present squad.
He also has an impressive record of goalscoring chances created all through the season which has made him one of the most sought-after midfielders in the world.