Fred will be confirmed as a Manchester United player reportedly before the end of the week.
The Red Devils announced over a fortnight ago that they had agreed a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign the Brazil midfielder for a fee expected to be in the region of £52million.
United said “a further announcement will be made in due course” but the absence of any update since has led to some to question the hold up.
The Manchester Evening News suggested last week that personal terms were still being discussed while Sky Sports claimed the 25-year-old’s work permit was the cause.
Sky Sports now suggest Fred will be unveiled as a United player before the end of the week, possibly as soon as Thursday.