Who is Fred? All you need to know about Manchester United's latest signing as deal 'agreed'
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian international Fred, according to reports.
The midfielder is said to have finalised a five-year contract at Old Trafford and will become the club's newest recruit on a reported £52m deal. So who is he?
What do we know about Fred?
First of all, that doesn't sound like a very Brazilian name: Well, not in it's shortened version. His full name is Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos
Position: Centre midfield
Club history: Fred spent his entire youth career in his homeland, playing with Atlético Mineiro and Porto Alegre before being snapped up by Internacional (not to be confused with Italian side Internazionale), where he broke into senior football in Brazil's top tier. He spent a couple of years honing his skills in the Brazilian Série A before he was snapped up for €15m by Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013. He has made just under 150 appearances for the Ukranian side and has become used to winning trophies. He's helped Shakhtar to three league titles and three Ukranian Cup wins during his five years at the club.
International experience: Fred is, unlike his fellow midfielder and new Liverpool signing Fabinho, included in Brazil's squad for the upcoming World Cup. He has just eight senior caps to his name, having made his debut back in 2014
International ban: You're right, eight caps isn't many in a four year period since his debut. That's partly because he was suspended for a year by the by South American federation Conmebol after testing positive for diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America tournament. The ban originally only extended to games under the Conmebol banner but was extended worldwide in February 2016, ruling him out of the final four month's of Shakhtar's season.
What sort of player is he? He's an all-round midfielder that has been compared to the likes of Fernandinho and Naby Keita. He has dubbed his role in Shakhtar's side as 'the conductor', depicting how he can dictate the pace of a game and drive his side up the pitch. He's busy, full of stamina and not shy of a tackle - he picked up 13 yellow cards and a red in 19 games last season. He'd likely fit into United's midfield three in front of Nemanja Matic, providing the final piece of the midfield jisgaw alongside the Serbian and Paul Pogba.
Show us what he can do: Here's a quick video:
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