Manchester United hold fresh talks with Shakhtar Donetsk star Fred over £40m transfer
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with United and Manchester City chasing the Brazilian.
And according to the Daily Star, the Red Devils have held further talks with Fred’s representatives in recent weeks.
They say Manchester United are now closing in on a £40m deal ahead of their arch-rivals.
The Red Devils will lose Michael Carrick this summer, with the former England star retiring to join United’s coaching staff.
Jose Mourinho could also be without Marouane Fellaini, who may quit Old Trafford when his contract runs out in July.
The United boss has been vocal about his summer transfer plans, with the Special One claiming earlier this year that he’ll look to tweak his squad.
“We are going to invest the basic to improve our squad,” Mourinho said.
“There is always in the group of players, in the squad, there is always a player or a couple of players who are not playing a lot, and they will obviously try to leave, so we are going again to touch [tweak] our squad and to believe that more than [a case of] spend, spend, spend, is probably the evolution of our players.
“We have some young players that need to get, with both hands, opportunities with their evolution, so let’s see.”
And former United defender Gary Neville thinks they may need as many as four new faces this summer.
“The question at Manchester United is which players do you keep and which don’t you keep. Who are the ones that Jose Mourinho thinks don’t have the mentality and who are the ones he feels do have it?” Neville said.
“I am confused by that, and Jose Mourinho probably is at times too, because the performance levels are up and down so much.
“It’s not just game to game but half to half. Look at the games against Manchester City and Crystal Palace, you see them at such a low and then such a high.
“He has mentioned mentality a lot in the last few weeks and I am convinced it’s because of those peaks and troughs coming so unexpectedly. You think how have they gone that low, and then here’s something else.
“He will want to make sure that is gone. That usually goes by having characters in the dressing room not letting the standards drop and making sure he has two, three, four players added to the squad. People who know how to win and don’t drop their standards week in, week out.
“That’s what Manchester City have been this season, they have been consistent. Manchester United have had a good season in the league in finishing second but it has been inconsistent and they have dipped at times.
“They have lost against all three promoted teams, that’s nine points. That’s an attack for next season. There are nine points you need to sort out and then you work away at the others and the big gap.”
United are back in action on Saturday when Mourinho’s men face Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley (5:15pm kick-off).