"And I am convinced that we will receive and are receiving no less interesting proposals than that from Manchester City".
Fred joined Shakhtar from Brazilian side Internacional in 2013. The £50 million price tag, if the deal concludes, may prove a snip come opening day in August.
Fred has been included in the Brazil squad for the tournament in Russian Federation and will be flying to England next week to play in a warm-up game against Croatia at Anfield, with United hoping to finalise their move to sign the 25-year-old when he arrives in the north west of England with his worldwide colleagues.
So what would Fred bring to this Manchester United side?
"It's an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches". That is, I can somewhat feel that Fred will be more expensive than Fernandinho and Teixeira.
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Fred began flirting with United in January, angering City and ultimately prompting them not to sign him, a decision that may come back to haunt Guardiola - though, with the depth of quality now at City's disposal, he's probably better suited to a move to United.
Fred's addition would let Nemanja Matic get to the next level.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has prioritised the signing of a midfielder, and spoke to the media earlier this month, stating that he thinks football clubs are "incomplete" without a Brazilian player.
Manchester United are edging closer to making our first summer signing.
United opened talks with Spurs over Alderweireld, the Belgian defender, yesterday, but the transfer of Fred is likely to be more straightforward.
Fred has 4 goals in 37 appearances this season.