Since then, the Citizens have bowed out of the pursuit of former Internacional man, and this has allowed United with a free run to pursue the midfielder's signature.
The Brazilian worldwide would be the ultimate puzzle that the Manchester United jigsaw is missing and with no more Michael Carrick in the team, Fred could be the silent predator of this Manchester United squad for years to come.
Twice this year Manchester United have stolen Manchester City transfer targets, and Fred is a special talent close upon stardom.
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Fred, who has five years left on his contract with Shakhtar, is likely to cost United around £52 million.
The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is part of Tite's Brazil squad for the tournament in Russian Federation next month, though first the Selecao will take on Croatia at Anfield on June 3. United hierarchy is trying to put things on the place and the Red Devils could announce his arrival before the World Cup which is scheduled to take off from June 14.
Just last month the Manchester United manager said he was only going to invest a "basic" amount of money into his squad this summer.
While many media outlets have said United are trying to get a deal done before the World Cup, well respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that a deal has now been agreed. "It is an honour to have the attention of the great coaches of Europe".
The account in question, while not verified, is indeed that of Fred's given that Shakhtar and Brazil teammate Douglas Costa both follow it.