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Ukrainian giants wouldn’t agree to sell their midfield star last month as they are still in the Champions League but both clubs have now come to an agreement for a summer deal.
Manchester City have agreed a £50million deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer. The Premier League leaders were impressed by the 24-year-old when they played Shakhtar in the Champions League group stages earlier this season. The Ukrainian club refused to sanction Fred’s departure to the Etihad during last month’s transfer window with their last-16 Euro clash against Roma just around the corner.
But both clubs have now signed an agreement that will bring the midfielder to Manchester next season. City’s rivals Man United were also monitoring him, but dropped out once he stated his preference to work with Pep Guardiola.
Fred is seen as the long-term successor to defensive midfield replica and countryman Fernandinho — who he also replaced at Shakhtar in summer 2013 when he made his move to City.
The signing seemed important for Cityzens as their central midfield options, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure were entering mid 30s, the final stages of their careers.