Manchester United have agreed to sell midfielder Fred to Turkish club Fenerbahce, with a €15m fee reportedly agreed upon by the two clubs.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time. Fulham were initially interested in signing him but ultimately pulled out of the race.
Fred’s pending switch to Fenerbahce comes after he saw his playing time diminish under Erik ten Hag, and would have found himself behind the likes of Casemiro, Mason Mount and Christian Eriksen in the pecking order this season.
He started just 12 Premier League matches and it’s clear the 30-year-old isn’t in Erik ten Hag’s plans for the future.
Now, according to reputed transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, his switch to Fenerbahce is all but finalised.
On Twitter, he said: “Fred to Fenerbahçe, here we go! Deal in place with Manchester United, proposal revealed earlier has been accepted and verbal agreement reached.
“Fred has agreed terms with Fenerbahçe and will travel for medical tests soon.”
As mentioned, the fee agreed for Fred is believed to be €15m (approx. £13m). Now, Man Utd are looking to bring in an instant replacement.
As previously reported by Football365, Sofyan Amrabat is Ten Hag’s number one defensive midfield target as he prepares for Fred’s departure.
Donny Van de Beek is also expected to leave Man Utd for Real Sociedad this summer, so there is no doubt they are in the market for a new midfielder.
Amrabat has been on the Red Devil’s radar for some time, but a deal will not neccesarily be straightforward.
Reports suggest the Morocco international’s preference would be to join Atletico Madrid this summer as he believes his playing style is more suited to LaLiga than the Premier League.
Amrabat has an estimated valuation of £21m and while that shouldn’t be a problem for Man Utd, they will still need to come to an agreement on personal terms with him.
The 26-year-old made 49 appearances for Fiorentina across all competitions last term and is widely considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe.
Amrabat also gained worldwide attention after helping Morocco reach the World Cup semi-final last year, so there is certainly no doubting his quality.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Man Utd make a concrete bid for Amrabat, now that Fred’s sale to Fenerbahce is on the verge of completion.