Man United have had a free run at the 25-year-old ever since Manchester City pulled out of signing him in January, placing their emphasis on signing Aymeric Laporte instead. Napoli’s Jorginho has emerged as a preferable midfield option for Pep Guardiola in the meantime.
And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, Fred is travelling with the Brazil squad to the north-west next week, taking on Croatia at Anfield in a friendly, and United expect to complete the signing during his time on the country before embarking on Russia.
The Brazilian himself has spoken of wanting to take the next step in his career, to take on a big challenge. There aren’t many bigger for a holding midfielder than stepping into the shoes of Carrick.