Man United open fresh talks to sign £40m-rated No.8 Brazilian playmaker

Manchester United have held another round of talks with the representatives of Shakhtar Donetsk star Fred over a £40million move to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his midfield this summer and will sign at least one central midfielder to replace Michael Carrick following his retirement.

The Portuguese boss insists he will only buy a second if Marouane Fellaini decides against signing a new deal. Fred, 25, has attracted interest from across Europe this term after a number of eye-catching performances for Shakhtar in the Champions League.

Manchester City were keen on signing Fred in the January transfer window but were put off by the Brazilian’s wage demands.

That’s opened the door to United and the club have held further talks with Fred’s agent in recent weeks, according to the Daily Star. Shakhtar value Fred at roughly £40m and his arrival would wipe less than a 1/3 off of Mourinho’s £150m summer budget.

Fred has seven caps for Brazil and he will discover on Tuesday if he has made his country’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

The midfielder is one of Mourinho’s more obtainable targets, with deals for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić and Juventus defender Alex Sandro appearing more complicated due to the higher level of interest.