Manchester City offered 50 million euros for the signature of the midfielder in January transfer window but the fees got rejected as the club seeks more for him. Reports recently however have suggested that Guardiola has cooled his interest over the recent months, preferring to target Napoli midfielder Jorginho, allowing United to have a clear run to sign Fred.
He moved to Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013 from Internacional at the age of 20, and has spent 5 seasons in the Ukrainian Premier League.
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.
Manchester United's summer recruitment drive looks set to begin in earnest.
This would leave the Red Devils thin in numbers in the middle of the park and manager Jose Mourinho wants to address that issue at the earliest, as he prepares his team to challenge neighbours Manchester City for the Premier League crown next time out.
Fred has since been linked with a move to City's cross-town rivals Manchester United, who have reportedly agreed a deal fior the midfielder.
United hope to complete a deal for Brazilian Fred before the World Cup.
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"We will sell Fred to a good and strong club, do not doubt it", Akhmetov told the Great Football program on Ukraine's Football 1. told the Great Football program on Ukraine's Football 1.
In an interview with Shakhtar's official website, president Akhmetov confirmed negotiations took place over a deal worth around €50m (£43.7m). "And we had enough strength to reject it".
Jose Mourinho will look to add reinforcements to his squad to challenge on all fronts next season.