Man City agree £44.5m deal in prin­ci­ple to sign Fred

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Manch­ester City have agreed a deal in prin­ci­ple to sign Shakhtar Donetsk mid­fielder Fred for £44.5 mil­lion this sum­mer, Goal un­der­stands.

City had been work­ing to sign the 24-year-old through­out Jan­u­ary; hav­ing ini­tially been happy to bring him to the Eti­had Sta­dium at the end of the sea­son, they then stepped up their ef­forts mid­way through the month and at­tempted to re­cruit him be­fore the win­ter trans­fer dead­line.

The Blues were un­able to break Shakhtar’s re­solve to keep the mid­fielder for the re­main­der of their Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign, but they have been in con­stant talks with the Ukraini­ans over the past week to put to­gether an agree­ment which will come into ef­fect this sum­mer.

It is be­lieved that all par­ties have agreed on the terms of the move, although noth­ing is of­fi­cially signed.

For­mer Arse­nal mid­fielder Gil­berto Silva is one of Fred’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives and has helped bro­ker the move.

Goal first re­ported City’s in­ter­est in Fred be­fore Christ­mas , and it be­came ap­par­ent dur­ing the Jan­u­ary trans­fer win­dow that a deal worth roughly £40m was close to be­ing agreed.

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