Sky Sports Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Manchester United have agreed a deal worth £44m for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.
Earlier in the press appeared information about the transition of Fred to Manchester United for 50 million euros.
And while United are now the club leading the charge for the Brazil global, Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov insists that he is expecting offers this summer to be no lower than the one which City submitted in January.
Rinat Akhmetov, Shakhtar's president, has confirmed talks with United are ongoing and has indicated that Fred will cost more than the £34m that Manchester City paid for Fernandinho in 2013, and the reported £43.8m that allowed midfielder Alex Teixeira to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in 2016. "And today, if I'm not mistaken, there is very strong interest from United", said Fred.
Jose Mourinho has been on the lookout for new midfield reinforcements, especially following Michael Carrick's retirement as a player, coupled with what looks like an imminent departure for Marouane Fellaini.
Fred spoke about the interest in him yesterday.
His ability to connect defence and attack combines Pogba's dribbling with Herrera or Matic's deep distribution, freeing up the Frenchman to push higher up the pitch as Fred's awareness, pace, and top tackling ability takes hold.
Bookmakers believe that the Fred deal is a good as done and most markets are now closed.
"There have been some advanced talks since January, when I nearly went to Manchester City", he said.
The Italian, 28, has a year left on his contract and started only five Premier League games for United during the season just completed.
Before that, the media wrote that Mourinho is considering the acquisition of the desired player among rookies next summer.
Belgium defender Alderweireld and Brazil midfielder Fred have both been selected for their World Cup squads.
The stage is set for Mourinho and Fred next season, now let's see if they will shine.