Manchester United Close To €55m Fred Signing

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Brazil midfielder Fred, sources have told ESPN FC.

The 25-year-old is expected to have a medical this week before finalising his €55 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk, becoming Jose Mourinho's first signing of the summer.

Fred featured as a second-half substitute in Brazil's 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.

"I am entirely focused on the training sessions here," he said when asked about United's interest after the game. "I'm leaving these topics to my agent."

When it was suggested that a move could be completed as early as Monday, he did not give anything away.

"Who knows?" he said." It can be but I'm very focused here."

While the rest of his teammates were travelling back to their pre-World Cup base at Hotspur Way in Enfield, he appeared to send a tweet from Manchester -- 30 miles away from Liverpool -- before swiftly deleting the post.

Mourinho has made signing a central midfielder his top priority this summer after Michael Carrick announced his retirement to become part of United's coaching staff.

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Written by Rob Dawson, ESPN