Guangzhou, meanwhile, now lie in fifth place in the Super League, having suffered a mixed start to their bid to defend the title they have won for the last seven straight seasons.
Manchester United officially revealed their signings in quick succession with the former expected to be more a regular than the latter.
United, often accused in the past of not making a head start in the Summer window, look to have finally listened to the fans. "I think that's very good for players, it's important and you improve a lot day-by-day".
But, the continued interest from Manchester United could perhaps be the result of Marouane Fellaini facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford, with reports suggesting that the player is being eyed as a possible replacement. They want him and they want him to play. In that sense, the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred has all the makings of a successful move in the transfer market for the Portuguese.
Jose Mourinho's men do face competition for his signature however as two Chinese Super League clubs are also chasing the 24-year-old and have tabled bids equalling Manchester United's offer as well as offering their draft contracts for him to sign.
Even Arsenal, who held talks with the would-be free agent, have reportedly hit the brakes on his signing because of his wage demands - he seems hell-bent on earning what he thinks he's due.
'It's one of the toughest leagues in the world, every game is very tough.
Defender Victor Lindelof has insisted that he has had "a good year" during his first season with Manchester United.