Manchester United Closing In On €50m Deal For Shakhtar Midfielder

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Anthony Martial has opened talks with Manchester United over a contract extension, according to reports.

The 25 year old midfielder is one of the most sought after players in the European circuit and Jose Mourinho now wants to seal a deal for him as soon as possible.

Manchester United are closing on their first signing of the summer, with a move for Brazilian midfielder Fred reportedly imminent.

Fred has been widely linked with the two Manchester clubs in recent months, after his impressive performances in the Champions League.

The delay in completing the deal has alerted United and it seems Mourinho is hoping to lure the Portuguese global to Old Trafford as he looks to bring in competition for Valencia.

Martial's current contract expires in the summer of 2019, although United do have the option to extend that for a further year.

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United hope to complete a deal for Brazilian Fred before the World Cup.

There have been reports that Shakhtar could hold on until Fred's alleged release clause of €60m is met, but Akhmetov admits that the club cannot insist on a particular fee if the market does not allow it. That is, I can somewhat feel that Fred will be more expensive than Fernandinho and Teixeira.

Fred now plays for Shakhtar Donetsk and has become one of the most sought after players in Europe after his displays over the last two seasons for the Ukrainian outfit, who reached the Champions League Round of 16 last term.

Belgium defender Alderweireld and Brazil midfielder Fred have both been selected for their World Cup squads. He also started in their Champions League campaign, and helped them beat none other than Manchester City in the group stages.

Not even a week on from losing their FA Cup final to Chelsea a Wembley, Jose Mourinho already appears to be working on crafting his squad for next season.