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Transfer News: United eye deal for Shakhtar’s Fred, Mourinho set for staff shake-up


Manchester United are interested in Shakhtar Donetsk’s midfielder Fred if they can reach an agreement with the club.

Manager Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his midfield option after Michael Carrick’s retirement, with 25-year-old Fred, who will be part of Brazil’s World Cup squad, one of the names on his list.

Alderweireld and Chelsea’s WillIan

Mourinho is also interested in Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Chelsea winger Willian.

According to sources, Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for Alderweireld, with the Belgium international so far refusing to sign a new contract.

Willian’s situation at Chelsea is more complicated, and sources have revealed that the winger would be open to a move to Old Trafford, but Chelsea do not want to lose another player to United after criticism following the sale of Nemanja Matic.

Under-17 captain James Garner
James Garner putting pen to paper

United have also handed England Under-17 captain James Garner his first professional contract.

The highly-rated midfielder, 17, was part of the U18 team that won the Northern Premier League title this season.

“I’m proud for myself and for my family but I think it’s only the start. My mum, dad, grand dad and auntie have all come along and it’s just a proud moment,” Garner told the United website.

Meanwhile, Mourinho is set to appoint Sampdoria fitness coach Stefano Rapetti as part of his rebuilding of United’s coaching staff, sources have told ESPN FC.

Long-time assistant Rui Faria has left Old Trafford, ending his 18-year association with Mourinho to spend more time with his family before embarking on a career in management.

Carrick, who has retired after a 19-year playing career, has already joined the staff and was on the bench for the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.

United Academy coach, Kieran McKenna is also set to make the step up to the first team after success with the U18s.

Rapetti, 41, who worked under Mourinho at Inter Milan, is also set to come in to round off a trio of new arrivals.

Silvino Louro, Ricardo Formosinho, Carlos Lalin, Emilio Alvarez and Giovanni Cerra, who arrived with Mourinho in 2016, will all stay at the club.

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