Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Right Said Fred!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Right Said Fred!

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JOSE Mourinho has been given the green light to wrap up a £53m deal for Fred.

The United manager is closing in on his first summer signing - and has been told he will face no competition from Pep Guardiola.

Premier League champions City tried to land the Brazilian in to seal £53m January but walked away after an offer of around £40m was rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk.

Guardiola has since turned his attention to Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

And that leaves Mourinho in the clear to sign Fred as he looks to fill the void left by Michael Carrick's retirement.

The 25-year-old's agent, the former Arsenal midfielder, Gilberto Silva, travelled to England this week in a bid to secure a move.

Paris St Germain are also interested but Mourinho is not expected to face major competition from a Premier League rival. …

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