Manchester United have confirmed the capture of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, with the player set to join the club after the World Cup.

Manchester United have confirmed the long-awaited announcement of the capture of Fred. The Brazilian will arrive from Shakhtar Donetsk on an undisclosed fee and is due to join the squad after the end of his World Cup campaign with Brazil.

Fred has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, albeit to the blue half of Manchester. But, there was a development in the transfer saga that saw Manchester City pull out of the race for the Brazilian, paving the way for Manchester United to swoop in for the Shakhtar Donetsk star.

Manchester United had already announced an agreement with Shakhtar for the transfer of Fred. But, the personal terms seem to have been agreed, with the club now formally announcing the capture. Fred arrives on a five-year contract with the option of extending it by a further year, at the behest of the club.

Fred was delighted at completing the move and he iterated the same in his first interview as a Manchester United player.

“This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team. To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed. I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new team-mates.”

One of the main reasons for Manchester United’s pursuit of Fred was touted to be able to unlock Paul Pogba’s ability in midfield, which was apparent in Mourinho’s choice of words for the former Manchester City target.

“Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game. I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players know how important he can be in our team.”

Fred’s focus, as he iterated, will be on his World Cup campaign with Brazil. The player is currently out with an injury sustained in training and will be hoping to get back to fitness in order to be ready to play a part in Russia.