Manchester United reached an agreement to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred del Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported amount of 47 million pounds sterling.
The 25-year-old, who has been selected for the World Cup this summer, will become the first signing of the Old Trafford summer, José Mourinho.
United is also approaching defender Diogo Dalot, 19, and should complete the deal this week.
Dalot has a release clause of £ 17.4 million and it is understood that he has had his doctor.
The transfer should accelerate the departures of Italian side Matteo Darmian, who has been strongly linked to Juventus, and Dutch defender Daley Blind, neither of whom has a long-term future under Mourinho.
Who is Fred?
Fred is on the Brazil World Cup team and appeared as a substitute in the 82nd minute of his country by defeating Croatia 2-0 in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday.
Brazilian coach Tite said he wanted his players’ domestic futures to qualify before the tournament in Russia, which begins on June 14.
Born in Belo Horizonte, Fred moved to Europe in 2013 from the Brazilian club International and enjoyed success for five years in Ukraine.
He helped Shakhtar win three league titles, three Ukrainian Cups and four Ukrainian Super Cups.
Fred also helped Shakhtar reach the elimination stages of the Champions League in 2017-18. He played in wins over Manchester City and Napoli, scoring in a 2-1 victory over Rome in the last 16.
Chelsea winger Willian, who played for Shakhtar between 2007 and 2013, believes that Fred will succeed in England.
“He has a lot of quality, he can improve a lot,” he said. “He goes to one of the best teams in the world and I’m happy for him. I hope he does well at Manchester United.
“He is very happy to come to the Premier League to play, we talked a little bit about that.
“He is excited to start but now it is time to think about the World Cup and think about the national team.”
However, Fred’s career has not been without controversy.
In December 2015, he was banned for one year after testing positive for a banned diuretic, which was anticipated in June of that year when the test was performed.
The suspension only applies to games sanctioned by the South American soccer federation Conmebol.