"And today, if I'm not mistaken, there is very strong interest from United".
Fred is expected to cost around £53million, which is his release clause, with Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov adamant that the Ukrainian club will extract maximum value for the midfielder.
It would also have been a hard transfer to complete, as Shakhtar were still in the Champions League at the time and would have demanded a hefty price for one of their most prized assets.
FC Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred will move to England's Manchester United this summer for 50 million euros, according to online sports site tribuna.com, which refers to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Manchester City and Manchester United, both the clubs are highly interested in the signing of the midfielder.
Fred is an excellent technical player, coupling his passing range with a high intensity work-rate, great balance, composure, and a delightful dribbling ability even in the face of intense pressing. That is, I can somewhat feel that Fred will be more expensive than Fernandinho and Teixeira. With little hope of extending his current deal, the report claims they may be willing to let him leave for a fee of around £50m.
Fred's addition would let Nemanja Matic get to the next level.
His man-of-the-match performance against United's closest rivals launched him into the collective consciousness of Premier League fans past year, and United fans will be hoping he can stay there with quality performances for them this season.
United opened talks with Spurs over Alderweireld, the Belgian defender, yesterday, but the transfer of Fred is likely to be more straightforward.
Fred played an important role in Shakhtar's title win in Ukraine this season.